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    12-08-2009, 07:02 PM
Hows his movement?

You might want to turn down your speakers for this one, lol....I couldn't figure out how to get the audio off and me and my friend (shooting) have potty mouths!

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    12-08-2009, 07:17 PM
You've got quite a nice boy on your hands I think!!
His trot is ok, he's a little out behind and long in the back with fairly average hocks for my liking, but he's got a lovely length of rein and his knees are quite nice. You could certainly play with it and create a very reasonable trot out of it. I LOVE his walk! Big overtracking hinds, loose shoulders, very nice.
His canter is also quite good. I can't really tell much from the video as it is very short and he is running and on the forehand, but he looks to have a lovely big swinging hind leg. He could certainly come back and take weight over his hinds, although I think he may struggle somewhat with collection as his hocks aren't overly great and he's a little straight and out behind.

Overall, NICE horse I would much rather a horse with a good solid walk and canter and an average trot, than one with a spectacular trot but average walk and canter. You can easily improve and fake a trot, walk and canter is much harder.
    12-08-2009, 07:20 PM
I agree with Kayty

I have a horse with a spectatular trot and walk but average canter lol
    12-09-2009, 01:01 AM
Ah, thank you! Yes, he is a little long backed, you can really feel it in the saddle--I have to stretch a mile it seems to give him his head when he's drinking! I love his jog/lazy trot even if his butt does lag behind in it.
    12-09-2009, 01:23 AM
Yep, a little bit strung out but that also could just be due to the fact that he is being free-lunged and not asked for collection. Nice mover with flowy gaits and he appears to be pretty smooth.
    12-09-2009, 01:50 AM
Originally Posted by smrobs    
Yep, a little bit strung out but that also could just be due to the fact that he is being free-lunged and not asked for collection. Nice mover with flowy gaits and he appears to be pretty smooth.
Yeah you wouldn't be worried about him being strung out, as you said, he's being free lunged. But if the trot is really good quality the horse will overtrack and have good knee/hock action without being asked for collection. This boy is quite straight behind and doesn't have the best hocks hence why he's not naturally tracking up and he's shuffling a little behind. Once the OP gets on him and starts to work him properly, if they know what they're doing, that trot can be improved so that the horse does track up or even over track, and the hocks may get some more bend in them when his weight is moved back onto them.

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