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Would my gelding make a good english prospect? *Photos&Videos*

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        01-12-2013, 07:25 PM
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    Foal
    Question Would my gelding make a good english prospect? *Photos&Videos*

    Flip is a 7yr old bay QH gelding. I've had him for a little over a year and a half now :)

    Here is his pedigree.

    From what I know, he's always been ridden western and came out of the Montana area. However, a friend recently noticed his conformation and told me he'd make a great english horse.. I was wondering what your opinions would be? She specifically said 'short-boned and fit.' xD

    Also, we recently had his hocks checked out. They are very 'active' atm and he is due for hock injections. We decided to wait a few more weeks until I start actively riding him again (they're expensive!) - otherwise I just do light workouts on the lunge lines. I'm supposed to give him Bute before a tough ride, but with the weather I haven't ridden much. >.<

    Also, does he have high withers? Is there a certain type of saddle/saddle pad I should look for for him?

    Alright, this photo is from earlier this summer: Riding/working nearly every day.


    Taken in October (it's not the best, sorry): A ride or two a week.


    Andd one taken a few weeks ago - I know he has little muscle toning here. (Riding only every now and then due to school)


    And then a few action shots:



    And I also have a short video..
    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B0Gw...VpZjRhaUU/edit
    (He actually did not kick that close, my camera just happened to be zoomed in that far)

    What are your thoughts on his confo and his potential? I really hope to start english this spring, but I'm not sure which horses would be good for what.
    The post about my mare is here
    Any thoughts on what event he'd succeed in? Like jumping, hunter, dressage, etc. or would he just be a horse to learn on, more of a pleasure horse?
         
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        01-12-2013, 08:18 PM
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    Green Broke
    It all depends on what sort of "english" you would be doing. Dressage? Jumping?
    His is not high in the wither, no
    His shoudler angle is very upright but on the plus side he has plenty of depth through the girth
    Neck needs work and looks almost long in those last photos
    Back is long and slightly roached
    Front legs look alright
    Hindquarters are not bad either, though they too could use some muscling
    Back legs look alright as well, although they give the impression of being cow-hocked
         
        01-12-2013, 09:30 PM
      #3
    Foal
    I'm not sure yet. I'd just be starting in english, so I'd just do flatwork at first. I'd love to learn how to jump someday, though!
         
        01-12-2013, 10:42 PM
      #4
    Foal
    I agree with what was said above, but ultimately it really depends on what you plan on doing with him in the english world, because flatwork/dressage, show jumping, and eventing - are all very different.
         
        01-12-2013, 11:17 PM
      #5
    Foal
    Definitely. I guess I was just looking to see what others thought he'd be good at according to his conformation (I know there are certain qualities to look for in a jumper, eventing, etc).

    Like I said, I'm pretty new to the english world. It'd be a few years before I'd competitively start jumping or dressage.
         
        01-13-2013, 08:00 AM
      #6
    Yearling
    How tall is he? He's bred on top to be a reiner/cutter. The bottom side is WP. He's bred to be a western horse, but that doesn't mean he can't to hunt seat and low level dressage.
         
        01-13-2013, 08:38 AM
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    Foal
    I haven't measured him exactly, but I think right around 15hh or 15.1.
         
        01-13-2013, 11:22 AM
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    Trained
    This is not a horse that should be doing anything strenuous. Jumping would be completely out of line in my opinion. He needs bute for heavy workouts. And hock injections? Why would you even WANT to make your horse go through anything that would require him to have to do that?

    Light, pleasure riding for this guy only. If you want to jump, youll need another.......sound......horse.
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        01-13-2013, 01:06 PM
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    Foal
    I personally don't think hock injections are such a terrible thing. Yeah, it's not the most desirable situation.. but his x-rays show that his hocks are very active right now, so he'd likely need hock injections no matter what I chose to do with him. He only needs bute temporarily until we take him in for the injection - it's not a permanent lameness thing. This only came up recently, and we took him to a vet to get x-rays and her opinion. The vet said his situation is fairly common.
    I know it's hard to judge just from photos, but I've spoken with several trainers and vets in the area and they've explained his situation to me, and I understand what I can and cannot do with him. It's just a matter of if I want to continue western with him, or learn english.
         
        01-13-2013, 04:08 PM
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    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
    This is not a horse that should be doing anything strenuous. Jumping would be completely out of line in my opinion. He needs bute for heavy workouts. And hock injections? Why would you even WANT to make your horse go through anything that would require him to have to do that?

    Light, pleasure riding for this guy only. If you want to jump, youll need another.......sound......horse.
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    There is nothing wrong with hock injections if a horse needs them. What IS wrong is asking a horse to perform that needs help with the hocks. My horse gets hock injections before show season, BECAUSE he no longer produces synovial fluid...which is NOT his fault, it's what happens with Mother Nature. So, should I not replace that fluid so he can still be an active horse? Or should I just turn him out to pasture, not work him, and STILL have him with uncomfortable hocks....whether I ride him or not.
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