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        10-31-2011, 09:18 AM
    He doesn't even move the same with you on him. You're right, he's still a little on the fore, but sooooo much better. You did a good job riding him. I'd go back and ride him a few more times, make sure you really do click and that he improves with your good riding.
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        10-31-2011, 08:43 PM
    I think you look really great together and I really like him x
        11-01-2011, 12:02 PM
    There is something wonky behind, vet check him! The way his confirmation and movement is I don't think he will be able to handle the collection and is most suited to lower level hunters and Dressage to only about first level.
    But he's cute and if he vets at 4k he would be a nice horse to train up and sell in a few years. He is not however what I would consider a Dressage prospect.
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        11-01-2011, 02:00 PM
    Hm, what specifically in his conformation or movement don't you like? I'm trying to learn...

    Here's a better picture for his hind leg conformation (his trainer is riding in this one, not the best shot)


    And wonky how??? No one's yet mentioned that in this or another forum either! X_x
        11-01-2011, 02:54 PM
    Green Broke
    For me, he is so much better in the second video, but he's still awful long and motoring from the front.
    You can see he dishes slightly with the front, if he toes out on the hind legs? He doesn't look to come down 'straight' to me, that's the best way I can describe it if I'm honest!

    He seems lovely, but I have to say I don't pay as much as they want. Its a lot of money for an allrounder, I wouldn't say he has outstanding dressage potential.

    With retraining, a dentist -sigh- and a trim -big sigh- he may turn out lovely for you! It depends on what you want to do, and how far you want to go.

    My advice would be check out other horses before you settle, same price, higher price, same age, slightly older.
    I tried out a horse 2k out of my initial price bracket and you could tell the difference. Also, ask your trainer whether the horse is worth the price they're wanting for it.

    Good luck though on finding the right one :)
        11-01-2011, 03:07 PM
    I'm hoping to maybe reach 3rd or 4th level.

    It has been hard, and there's been few horses that I can try out at my maximum budget... Dressage horses are apparently rare here, that fall within my budget. And I've been looking at no specific breed, just any and all that appear!

    Seriously, though, anyone in the Vancouver, BC area that wants a jumper... I've passed over some amazing ones!
        11-01-2011, 03:11 PM
    Green Broke
    Everything happens for a reason, and you will find the right one, or the right one will find you! Chin up though!
    You can always look at something like I did with Duffy, something that needs TLC and work, but in the long run will make a super duper horse. Have you tried widening your search, or using a well known, non dodgy dealer in your area to help you find one?
        11-01-2011, 03:36 PM
    I'm trying to keep my search as open as possible, and I've even gone to see a horse over 4 hours away already! Maybe I just came in to look just at the wrong time, hahaha.

    But no, haven't really thought of using a dealer at this point.
        11-01-2011, 04:02 PM
    Dont give up you'll be so glad and happy when you find the right one and you will know!!!!!! Can you all explain the american levels how they would be comparable to here in UK ( preliminary etc ) thanks x
        11-01-2011, 04:06 PM
    Just did some quick googling, this is what I got:

    Intro – (walk & trot tests)
    Prelim – (working trot & canter)
    Novice – (medium walk, trot & canter, counter canter ,rein back)
    Elementary – (leg yield, collected trot & canter, simple changes)
    Medium – (shoulder-in, half pass, extended & collected walk, extended trot & canter, travers, half walk pirouettes,
    Advanced Medium – (flying change)
    Advanced (4 times changes)

    Intro - walk/trot
    Training Level - walk, trot, canter
    First Level - walk, trot, canter, lengthening trot & canter, leg yield, beginning of counter canter
    Second Level - collected trot & canter, medium trot & canter, shoulder in, travers, renvers, rein-back, simple changes, turn on haunches, counter canter
    Third Level - collected, medium, and extended gaits, half-pass, flying changes, plus the stuff from Second Level
    Fourth Level - basically same stuff as Third Level but higher degree of difficulty. Flying changes every 4th stride, canter half-pirouette.
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