thanks everyone! that's exactly what I was looking for :) I definitely understand that his age will limit him in his retraining and such, but he definitely doesn't act like he's 16 yet lol. the short movement you see in his behind is mostly due to the saddleseat training. he was taught head up, and butt underneath himself. short collected strides come from that, and those are the main things we are working on right now, getting him to understand its OK to reach ;)
faye, he isn't lame, I've had him thoroughly checked and that is mostly just him not understanding how to use his own body within reaching yet. I plan on having a chiropractor out soon too and doing some other things to help him out. he was never on any joint supplements or anything, which he has now been started on.
Training/First works for me. I wanted to know if I had crazy big hopes for being able to manage 2nd lol. he's a looooong term retraining project, but definitely a fun one :)
thank you all for your opinions! I really appreciate it! its always interesting to hear about the confirmation issues for dressage too, I am still learning to recognize most of those for certain disciplines. if we ever get in a dressage ring I'll be sure to share so you all get a kick out of him trying it LOL. he thinks quite highly of himself ;)