08-24-2011, 05:33 PM
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While he's cute and has fair conformation, I also noticed that he seemed to break stride a lot at the jog, especially from 18 s-30 s. Working almost only with WP horses, I like to think that I have a pretty good idea of what a WP horse should look like, and this gelding doesn't seem to have what it takes to go past 4-H or local shows. A few times near the middle, I couldn't even figure out exactly what gait he was doing! When cantering, a western pleasure mount should have a rolling, powerful look to it, no matter how slow he or she is going- using their hindquarters deeply under themselves to push forewards. What your guy is doing is propelling himself with his forelegs, and pulling the back two behind him.
His backing up isn't terrible...but I"d like to see him go further, and with his head tucked a bit more.
He doesn't look like a bad horse, just not an ideal WP horse. His trot was lovely and he has good headset, he's just not what I'd look for in a show horse.