Movement Critique: Dakota

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    12-28-2008, 01:38 PM
Movement Critique: Dakota

I snapped these the other day, but since I've had to many picture threads to post lately, I forgot about these until a little while ago. Anyway, they're not the best... as it was kinda hard to take 'good quality' photo's from a 5 megapixel camcorder... Lol... but they'll do.

I didn't get any photo's of a canter, just walking and trotting... so have fun and be as harsh as you want... He's nothing but a trail horse, but I'd love to know what you think he'd be good at if I ever decided to start showing. He's a 2-and-nine-month year old Tennessee Walker gelding, not registered... He stands at 15 hands and weighs between 850-950 pounds (I think). Yes, I know that his hooves need trimmed pretty badly, I'm planning on getting out either today or sometime this next week and trim his hooves.

Also, please don't mention that I need a farrier to trim his hooves, he's only been trimmed by a farrier two or three times... The farrier I use teaches me a little about triming hooves each time he comes out and I trim Dakota's hooves to save money, though I do have the farrier check his hooves and help me correct flaring and whatnot. Thanks!


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    12-28-2008, 01:39 PM


    12-28-2008, 02:00 PM
Tho there are a lot of photos, it is difficult to really say much about his movement because of the angle of the photos. Keep also in mind when others post their opinion that he is on very uneven terrain(a hill from the pics??) with some rocks. Also is the ground frozen/wet? And in most of the pics you are not giving him enough lunge line to really allow him to stretch out and lunge properly on a proper circle.
    12-28-2008, 06:03 PM
It also doesn't help much that I took the photos of a 5 megapixel camcorder, huh? Lol. I couldn't get any good angles... I'm going to have to go to one of my friends places and use their roundpen sometime... that way it'll be easier to get better photos. The area is actually extremely flat and even. The hill in the background doesn't start where we were lunging, the place we wre linging is the flatest are in the world, it's extremely flat. The ground isn't frozen, but it was a little damp but not enough to make a difference and there are no rocks in that area... just lots of cow patties. Lol.

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