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post #1 of 8 Old 01-10-2011, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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Dressage horse critique

Just curious to see what people think of this guy.
He's an 8 year old 3/4 Dutch WB 1/4 TB gelding standing at 16.1hh. He was gelded as a 5 year old as he was intended to be the replacement sire for his own sire, who passed away during colic surgery. However his temperament was not suited to being kept entire - although he's a lovely boy I am glad that he was gelded as I don't believe him to be stallion quality!
He has had nearly 12 months out of work kept in a small stable and yard 24/7. Prior to his time off he was in very inconsistent work for 18 months (sometimes 4 rides / week, sometimes none). His owner did not get on with him under saddle hence all of his time off.
I was offered him as a lease, which I have now accepted and am thoroughly enjoying him.

I am curious to know what people here think of his conformation as far as a dressage career goes, as he was bred for dressage but has got a lovely jump on him apparently.

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Just curious to see what people think of this guy.
He's an 8 year old 3/4 Dutch WB 1/4 TB gelding standing at 16.1hh. He was gelded as a 5 year old as he was intended to be the replacement sire for his own sire, who passed away during colic surgery. However his temperament was not suited to being kept entire - although he's a lovely boy I am glad that he was gelded as I don't believe him to be stallion quality!

What is the pedigree/breeding line?
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I think he has lovely conformation and muscling. He has an excellent back and gorgeous withers. He does have a steep croup, but nothing too serious screams out at me.I don't know too much about dressage specifically, but he looks like he would excel at about anything you trained him for.

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Spyder, he is by Northern Romulus (Faulkland Victory - so some holstein in there - X Northern Annalise (Arnhem)) out of Super Natural (Sir Herbert (Arnhem) X TB mare).
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It may just be the angle of the light, but he looks to me like he has a pocket behind his shoulder, perhaps meaning that his saddle is too narrow?

Otherwise, I think he's gorgeous. I'm not good at critiquing so I won't say more than that. :)

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It may just be the angle of the light, but he looks to me like he has a pocket behind his shoulder, perhaps meaning that his saddle is too narrow?

Otherwise, I think he's gorgeous. I'm not good at critiquing so I won't say more than that. :)
Nope, I think it's the light! He DOES however, have a fatty 'pad' on that shoulder, which he was born with and that his sire also had. Nothing that effects his performance at all :)
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He is beautiful. He almost has a bit of a quarter horse look to his hind end.
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Yes tiny he is VERY compact, his sire seems to have passed that lovely strong, round hind end onto most of his progeny
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