Originally Posted by mayfieldk
Trot: Like everyone said, he needs to get to work at this gait! She's riding him in English tack, so he shouldn't move in a jog! lol :) More impulsion does not mean faster--we don't want him looking choppy. He needs to lengthen his stride, and work more off his hind end. In all of his videos he is not moving downhill, but his head is up and his back is hollow... which doesn't create a very pretty picture.
Canter: He seems to just be running away. His hind leg does come underneath his body nicely, but he's not very collected. He doesn't seem out of control... but it doesn't look very IN control, either.
His movement is alright... He's not going to make a spectacular dressage horse, because he doesn't have a lot of lift, extension, or impulsion, hehe. I think he could do hunter classes, but you'll have decide if you want to do breed hunter (He's a qh, right?) or USEF hunter... the head sets are different for each, as is the style of movement. He doesn't have a lot of knee-action (good for hunters in either style), but he'll have to learn to work off your leg... at the canter, it looks like your friend is only giving him rein-cues and he seems to be a little crooked.
All in all, he's a cute mover--not the best, but not bad by any means.
he was originally a western pleasure horse, so that's the gait he learned, and that's the gait my friend asked. I'll get some videos of him collected and possibly better. I have yet to be able to master collection in a canter with him, due to we are still working on it in a trot, but we're getting there.
Sadly, before I bought him, he was a strict trail horse. And his previous owner had a "as long as you go the pace I want you to go and the direction I tell you to go in, you can do whatever you want with your head". So I had a hard time getting him to collect and keeping it.
Nope, he's not a QH...he's actually a Paint...but he does have the QH build.
He does know leg cues and is actually REALLY sensitive about them. My friend owns a 20 year old arabb cross that really only responds to rein-cues...so that's all she really does.