I used the guide for all the angles on her pictures, but I'm not sure I was doing them correctly because...well, everything came up almost ideal, which can't be right.
So someone help me out here. I'm trying to figure out mostly what discipline(s) her conformation would make her most suitable for. English only, I don't do the western thing personally, not to. I had originally wanted to do dressage with her. But my vet as well as the barn manager who is pretty experienced have told me, basically, she's not going to do well at it.
While I understand that a Quarter Horse isn't necessarily going to go out and do Grand Prix, I don't see the problem with doing lower level. The barn owner, I suspect, thinks that only Warmbloods are made to succeed at any level of dressage. This I highly disagree on, while I can agree that competitively, they are more successful at higher levels. I understand where the *vet* is coming from. Amber got a hock injection today, and while the prognosis is very optimistic, the vet's point of view is based on what's going to be harder on her hocks. But I was aiming to do first, perhaps second level with her, and I was thinking that wouldn't be any harder than making her a lower level jumper or even a hunter under saddle. But then again, I realized that it probably won't take me long to "max her out" if I plan to stop at first level. Then what? No matter what I will use it as a basis for my training, but I'm kind of torn about actually competing at this point. I guess my goals haven't shifted to the horse I have, and I'm still trying to move forward like I'm working with the Sport Pony I had - which, until his owner decided to sell him for more than I thought he was worth at the time, I intended to take up as far in the levels as I could.
Dressage is my passion, and while I understood full well Amber wasn't necessarily the ideal dressage horse, the other qualities in her are what attracted me. I wouldn't change my decision to buy her whatsoever. But I think I might just be clinging to something that my horse might not necessarily be good at (or be able to enjoy healthily). I just have no idea what direction to look to if dressage *isn't* going to be our competitive discipline. Really we are waiting to see how she responds to the injection before making any serious decisions about what to do with her, but assuming she DOES respond well, I'd appriciate opinions on what her conformation has strong, what it lacks, and what these factors indicate might be a good disicipline for her. And yes, I know it's difficult to make a choice without seeing her move. I wish I had videos of her moving, but the ones I have are inaccurate because they were months ago and her hock injection is going to change things. I'm just asking for a "well reasoned suggestion" for now.
Just to note, what I was thinking of most was perhaps, as I said, hunter/jumpers.