11-19-2009, 10:51 AM
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When I first started watching the video, I really liked him. He looks like a chill guy who has nice-ish movement and is pretty flashy. :]
However, as soon as he trotted and cantered I began to dislike him. He seems really behind the leg with no impulsion comming from behind. Now that flaw can be from the rider, but as soon as he cantered it looks like he is just built kinda funky. He runs on his forehand and like ChevyPrincess said, his back end is "hestitating." If you really like this guy, I would ask for a confo shot of him to see what his proportions are. I can see he is already downhill, but not sure to what extent. If he is extremely downhill, that will explain why he is so on the forehand and his back end is trailing behind. Now since he is 9 years old, I'm pretty sure he's done growing so if he is downhill, there is no chance he'll even out.
About his leg crossing, I know of some horses who do that and can go around the ring/jump/whatever just fine. However, they do have soundness issues and tend to break down earlier in life because thier joints are not meant to hold up when they cross thier front legs. Imagine you walking like that horse 24/7. Your hips would hurt and no doubt you would have painful consequences from walking that way.
I personally would pass this guy up, he just isn't built nicely enough to keep sound 100% or give you a nice enough ride. If you are prepared to deal with soundness issues/pain issues due to him crossing his legs, then I'd look next at his confo. If you can look past both his leg crossing and funky build, then he seems like quite the nice guy. He seems like he has a great personality and try to him. Unfortunately to me, the cons outweigh the pros and I'd keep looking. :]