Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: British Columbia
• Horses: 0
I's probably price him at $5,000 Canadian, maybe $5,000 US obo if he were really quiet and easy to ride anywhere... he has a cute face and looks very simple, but the movement isn't there to make him a $10,000-15,000 horse, as well I noticed in the video that he went around one of the corners on the wrong lead; does he do lead changes? That will definitely count against him if he is being marketed as a hunter, specifically one for a beginner rider who might know how to ask for one correctly and would rather spend the money on a horse with autos (they are out there, and at comparable prices.). He dodesn't seem to use himself that well over jumps... gets the height, but doesn't use his back, and keeps his head up. Might be a conformation thing, but I found your hand to be a little restricting over the fences, work on a nice long crest release over lots of gymnastics to allow him to stretch his neck and use his back more, which in return will help with the jumping style. His height also goes against him... not many people want a horse between 14.3 and 15.3 hands, so they are worth less than a comparable in quality 16 hand horse. Stupid? Yeah, but that is the market!
With your position, you seem to be pinching with your knees alot over the fences, shorten the stirrups a hole or two, and really concentrate on taking your knee away from the saddle and wrapping your leg around his belly, and using your lower calf to almost 'lift his belly up' to you... also work on using a proper crest release half way up his neck, and pushing down on his crest, thereby pushing your shoulders back a little as you're jumping too far ahead over most of the jumps... I would know I totally do it too! Roll your shoulders back and concentrate on keeping your back straight coming up to a fence, then following the horse's jump more with your elbow than with your entire body, as jumping ahead is MUCH more noticeble on a smaller horse (again, I know from experience.. my 15.2 hh mare looks reeaaalll small when I'm crawling up her neck over an oxer, but not so tiny when my shoulders are back and we are balanced!!)
Anywho, this was a really long and winding post, but I hope it wasn't too confusing!