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        01-01-2011, 03:32 PM
    Sorry to say but he looks off... I wanna say right hind but its hard to tell with the video...
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        01-01-2011, 04:09 PM
    Off? I don't think so...
        01-01-2011, 07:55 PM
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    I don't see ANY offness in him at all. He has a wonderful walk, which will earn you a lot of points in dressage. Nice 4 beat and he steps under nicely. I think he is awesome!
    You will want to start encoutaging him to reach more forward so that he is not coming behind the vertical on the bit. Look at these videos again and you will see that he is walking and trotting most of the time behind the vertical. He isn't really bad about that and seems to come honestly to the bit. With some work on getting him to strethc forward, (will really get free walk up there in points, too) and let even take the bit in front of the vertical at times.
    You look like a very competent rider. If you chose to do dressage on him and get a dressage saddle, you will be working on not leaning forward so much . That will be a natural thing for you to change, going from hunter to dressage.

    I really like the pair of you!
        01-01-2011, 08:25 PM
    He looks off to me too. It's hard to really tell since the video isn't good, but I think it's something you should look into.
        01-01-2011, 08:33 PM
    Originally Posted by Bandera    
    sorry to say but he looks off... I wanna say right hind but its hard to tell with the video...
    I saw that too Bandera. First 3 trot passes in the first video. I thought he was off too, but I think he's just anticipating and trying to canter.

    He'd probably do well at dressage. If he focuses well, he'd probably like it. Their are infinite things to learn in that discipline.
        01-01-2011, 08:43 PM
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    Well, I looked again at the video and to me it looked like he stumbled in the mud. But if that was not the case, then I can see what the others are talking about. Didn't notice it the first time.
        01-01-2011, 08:48 PM
    I could be totally wrong because it was hard with that video. He looks like a nice horse that could probably do very well maybe up to 1st level or possibly second level when he gets into shape and maybe some jumping!
        01-01-2011, 10:56 PM
    Thanks you all! I looked back at the video and it did look like he was trying to sneak in some canter steps... I also remember when I was riding he was sneezing quite a lot so that could've tripped him up a little. I'll maybe get a video of me lunging or something, it's super hard to just set the camera and give you all a good view of stuff :P

    Yes, I have problems with a more forward seat sometimes... which I'll really have to work with on him since he's so gogogo. I love riding him because he's such a challenge (you can hang on his face all day but he wont slow unless you really ride with your seat).

    I'll start working with him a little in front of the bridle then gradually move him down. :)
        01-02-2011, 12:00 AM
    Green Broke
    Overall he seems like a nice horse. His walk really stands out and I think as you fine tune your driving seat and allow him to power more from behind it will be exceptional. I see where people are coming from with him being off but it does look more like he may have been trying to canter there for a couple of strides. Again nice trot and canter, both of which will improve tremendously with more rhythym and drive.

    Conformation wise, the only thing that bugs me are his high withers, you may have trouble finding a saddle that fits him well and gives him a full range of motion through his shoulders. He looks like he stands under himself a little although he is not standing square in the photos so it is hard to truly say.

    Beautiful head and a kind eye, he looks like a nice little horse!
        01-02-2011, 12:20 AM
    Wow, he's a looker! Have you considered endurance riding?

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