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post #1 of 25 Old 06-29-2010, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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Talking How do his movements look?

The more I work with Dakota and watch him in the field with the others the more I begin to wonder about him. When I adopted him we were told he was unbroken to ride. The first time I lead him at our barn he sidestepped perfectly, trotted with his tail held high and yield to pressure like a dream. A few days later I pulled out my saddle to ride one of our other horses and Dakota trotted right up to the saddle on the fence and stood there staring at me like " Are we going to have fun mom? " I got brave and put the saddle on him and off we went. He doesn't know any cues but he will turn when you pull on the reins and comes to a nice stop ( only thing is he won't take a bit so I ride in a halter )

So critique away and I will try to take it as constructive even though this boy is my heart and my horsey soul mate! I have never had a horse like him in my life! Even Hubs gets jealous of my relationship with Kota. We are perfectly in synch almost everyday.

Also, any guessing on breed are always fun and sometimes helpful.







And some of him just standing ( Looking so prettie after his bath! )







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He is pretty cute! I like him alot! I would guess standardbred. Have you checked his lip for a tattoo?
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He is pretty cute! I like him alot! I would guess standardbred. Have you checked his lip for a tattoo?
No. Honestly never thought of checking for a tat. When I adopted him, he was in with another horse who was rescued with him. The rescue told me the previous owner hadn't taken very good care of Kota at all. His halter was on so tight they had to cut it off! I wish I knew more about him but I am so lucky that he is so young hopefully he won't remember any of the bad stuff before he came home with me. I have spoiled him and loved on him to try to make up for other's wrong doing.

I will check for the tat next time I am out there.

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he's got pretty good confo. He's a little unbalanced though. His withers are higher than his butt.

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hes got pretty good confo. He's a little unbalanced though. His withers are higher than his butt.

Could it be the angle of his neck giving that appearance? I am not arguing or giving excuses, I just want to know so I can work more on those areas to try and help him be even more fluid than he already is.
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A good evening bump :P
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It might just be how he is standing.. But I did notice the slight difference. Other than that he has pretty decent conformation. I can't see anything to really work on!
He looks like a standardbred to me! Or maybe a saddlebred cross? I have no idea. Lol


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It might just be how he is standing.. But I did notice the slight difference. Other than that he has pretty decent conformation. I can't see anything to really work on!
He looks like a standardbred to me! Or maybe a saddlebred cross? I have no idea. Lol

He is on a small hill right there ( our wash area is slightly sloped so the water can run down and not pool at their feet ) So maybe that is what is giving him that look, still not giving excuses or anything.

The rescue we got him from called him a QH Cross ( sorry but no QH in that boy! ) and out farrier says he has TB feet! AND the vet guesses Saddlebred or something very close to it.

Are Standardbred's gaited at all? He isn't gaited in the least that I have seen yet but moves beautifully around the pasture with his neck tucked in and his tail held high like an Arab.
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What a shine on him ! He looks to have a very steep shoulder which will make him a little more short-strided.
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What a shine on him ! He looks to have a very steep shoulder which will make him a little more short-strided.
Yes he is shorter stride than other horse but I thought it was just him being goofy and prancing at first but the more I watched, the more I could see it.

Still not sure what I am going to do with him. Thought of Dressage but unsure as I am a Western girl at heart ( trained in both as a kid but choose the games over the jumps )
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