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post #11 of 54 Old 03-18-2008, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/i...y2-4-08023.jpg
http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/i...t/Sonny007.jpg

Both pictures he has his head up so you can see if he's really built downhill or not.

Correct me if I'm wrong...downhill is meaning the hindquarters is higher than the withers.
In those pictures, to me, Sonny may be a little downhill, but not much at all. No horse is going to be perfectly even
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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.
Good luck!
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I like his canter, but he seems to be coming up "Short Strided" on his left hind leg
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what i mean by stepping short is he seems to be pulling up in that leg like he has some pain there or something

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what i mean by stepping short is he seems to be pulling up in that leg like he has some pain there or something
hmmm....which videos did you see that in? I know he has a scar on his pastern on that leg, but the vet examined that leg really well and she said it was fine...but maybe she missed something
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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.
Good luck!
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.
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i just looked back at the videos again and i can notice it in each one. its not really bad but there does seem to be a little favouring going on especially in the front. it may not be his leg it could be his shoulder, his back or any number of things causing that.

from the new pics he does seem a teeny bit downhill but he also has a fat round belly and little topline at the moment. the downhillness would be much less noticeable once he has gained a good topline.

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i just looked back at the videos again and i can notice it in each one. its not really bad but there does seem to be a little favouring going on especially in the front. it may not be his leg it could be his shoulder, his back or any number of things causing that.

from the new pics he does seem a teeny bit downhill but he also has a fat round belly and little topline at the moment. the downhillness would be much less noticeable once he has gained a good topline.
hmmm...still not seeing it, but I'll continue to look. Is it just something you see that his leg is doing? or is he showing signs of lameness?
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i wouldnt say totally lame but i would say more like discomfort but hey, maybe its my old eyes (lol im only 29 but that feels old today :)). when we first got jarred he was stepping only a little short on his inside so we got a chiro out and he had some stuff out of place in his back which was putting pressure on his shoulder which was stopping him from stretching forward with his front legs properly.

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i wouldnt say totally lame but i would say more like discomfort but hey, maybe its my old eyes (lol im only 29 but that feels old today :)). when we first got jarred he was stepping only a little short on his inside so we got a chiro out and he had some stuff out of place in his back which was putting pressure on his shoulder which was stopping him from stretching forward with his front legs properly.
he doesn't seem to be in any discomfot when we lunge or groom. He is the type of horse that if anything is bothering him he'll let me know. I'll get some videos of my lunging him.

Here, jazzy, look at these two videos. These were taken before I bought him.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoV7p6ivRVE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrXDA...eature=related
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