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post #1 of 19 Old 02-20-2011, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Crazy idea... Vinnie as a dressage or eventing horse?

Low level, of course.
I'm really not a western rider anymore, but Vinnie still needs a job. I am thinking about getting this boy into some dressage training, and if he proves he can jump well, we may even look into eventing. Please tell me what you think, and very honestly.. I want to know if it is worth putting effort into this.

He is a 9 y/o arab... 14.3hh :P He is very short-made... short back, short neck. He has a great heart and really tries for me, but I understand that sometimes that is just not enough when there are confo limitations. The pictures I am about to post are a few months old... he has since slimmed up and gotten some good muscling from working in an outline and being excersized in general ;)


(ignore open hands, ew. I've since kicked that habit)

(as a youngster w/ western trainer)



These two are from when I first got him, he was FAT. But I don't have any other confo-ish shots:



Anddd here is the best video thing I have of his movement, but it's it is western so he's not really tracking up or anything. It's very early in his training as well, when I first started with him, so it's pretty messy. </excuse> (starts at about :12, and ends at about :47)

Please tell me if the cheese has slid off my cracker

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post #2 of 19 Old 02-20-2011, 09:48 PM
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If he has nice muscle in his hind/front quarters, And you can get him nice and round with hocks underneath and engaged, he should be a fine dressage horsey :)
Though his short limbs might bring a disadvantage in his engagement...
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Try it, why not? He looks like a good boy with a good foundation who might surprise you. Do some English with him, maybe some lower-level jumping, and see if it's something you both like.
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post #4 of 19 Old 02-20-2011, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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Awesome :) I guess I'll just have to see after getting with a trainer & go from there :)

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I say give Eventing a shot - of course I am going to say give Eventing a shot :P

You can definitely do BN and N just fine :)

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Lol yep as soon as I saw your post I pretty much knew what it would say! ;)

The eventing association in my area has a green as grass level too.
Well, I'm excited about this now... I hate to say it but I was kind of dreading doing western shows this season.. Lol.

He is not that brave with new things, but he hasn't been exposed to that much as far as water or jumps go. He'll get the hang of it, or else he is stuck with dressage! :P

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You can do it :) Just expose him to as much as you can. If you decide to event, I highly recommend you sign up to as many Eventing Clinics as you can. Get yourself as exposed and prepared as you can :)

Also, do you have access to an Eventing Coach?

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Yep, I found two barns that I am getting more info on. Once I decide I will probably move him there are start lessoning on him. Both barns hold clinics and schooling days, and I'm sure my coach will be tell me when they come up :)

Do you generally start dressage lessons first, or how does that work?

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I see absolutely no reason why he wouldn't be able to. He is a nicely conformed, stout looking little horse and appears to have a good foundation for it. If I had to guess, I would say that collection will be the hardest part for him because he is built fairly downhill.

Still, he's a gorgeous boy and I'm sure he would enjoy the job.

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I see absolutely no reason why he wouldn't be able to. He is a nicely conformed, stout looking little horse and appears to have a good foundation for it. If I had to guess, I would say that collection will be the hardest part for him because he is built fairly downhill.

Still, he's a gorgeous boy and I'm sure he would enjoy the job.
Ah, thanks! The thing I love about him is how easy he is to train. He gets it in a second, but then he finds ways to mess things up when he is bored. Classic arab ;)

He's going to be such a shrimp out there with all those 16h+ horses!

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