10 year old Paint-very low key, barefoot, right down the road. My trainer actually seemed to like him. He rode well-but he had just been being ridden in the lesson program. We are going back tonight so my trainer can ride him.
OK-my trainer rode him and I like him alot better today. He has a good attitude and he is quite sweet. She said he is cute enough to show Dressage. They are willing to let him come over on trial. Someone is looking at him tomorrow, and if he goes he goes, otherwise I will decide if I want to take him on trial, and get him looked at by the Vet and the farrier. If not, the search continues.
I agree with Equiniphile. His front pasterns are definitely splayed out, but I'm actually wondering if it's more than that. It almost seems as if his knees are rotated to a strange angle. How does he move?
He is narrow chested but he moves fine. He is not at all clipping himself. Like I said, I am not an expert but would consider my trainer to be. She is very picky, and said she can usually find something wrong in the first 5 minutes. She could not find major fault with this guy. And he will have a thorough PPE.
I don't believe that splayed pasterns would make him clip himself, but rather have a bit of a circular motion when extending his front legs. This, in turn, will create more work for his shoulders and throw him off a bit. As long as you do a good PPE and watch his weight though, I'm sure he'll be fine. What are you wanting to use him for? I'd personally turn him down if you're wanting to do any sort of high-strain work such as jumping, but if you're wanting a trail mount his legs should be fine, with the exception of maybe some artheritis as he gets older.
Not sure how you could decide whether a horse is good or not in five minutes, but if she's an expert, I'll take her word for it =] he looks like a sweet boy.
He will be used for lower level dressage. My trainer would not say if he was good or not in 5 minutes but rather that she can usually find something wrong within 5 minutes and she could not but there will be a PPE. Posted via Mobile Device