Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Northern Illinois
I can only compare the first two, since they are in the same point of stride (grounded), while the third is in the suspension phase.
Between the first two, I like the first one a lot better. The horse (who is very young, if I'm not mistaken) has a very up and open frame. He has great forward movement, with a semi-dropped haunch (considering the reach), raised back, long, stretched neck, open throat latch, and proper vertical position.
The second horse, on the other hand, is moving more up than out, with more action than the first horse. It also seems as if he's on the verge of hollowing. His throat latch is closed, and his face is pulled in. The rider's hands and his mouth, are disconnected, which may have played a role in his false frame.
I'm interested to hear your input, JustDressageIt. I've never read that book, but now I may have to!