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post #1 of 3 Old 05-04-2012, 03:08 AM Thread Starter
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What to do?

As I normaly just enjoy the trails with my boy here.
I have attended a few local fun shows with some western class's and some games.
Although knowing he doesnt fit into the western ring I'am trying to find where he would excell in.

I ride both English and western, once shown well in english just down own the tack or suits anymore.
Often thought about dressage but cant find it out here.
With his movements and overall look under saddle what could we excell in
without changing his natural movement's?

And he can jump whatever is in his path from a stand still.
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-04-2012, 07:48 AM
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Since this is a critique I'm going to kindly let you know that in a few of these the reins seem way too tight and he is getting behind the vertical (tucking chin under instead of being straight) to get away from the pressure.

Loosen it up a little. The horse comes up to your hands, you don't pull his face with the reins.

I think he's got capabilities to do well in both disciplines. It would take the right instructor to bring you in that direction though. As for discipline that he would excel in, I don't know about many so I'll let others weigh in. I don't see how he wouldn't fit into western.. he's flashy yes but it would work out just fine.

He's a very handsome horse though. Love the appy leopards :)

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post #3 of 3 Old 05-04-2012, 02:48 PM
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the horse has a lot of drive from behind and would probably be good in lower level dressage. I agree with Sky, he is behind the vertical and in a curb bit I would think there's a fair amount of pressure on his mouth but I am not holding the reins, so don't know the truth of that one.

Him jumping that gate is really scary. the top bar is literally brushing against his rib cage. I keep imagiining him flipping, cartwheeling, getting his front legs in the slats and snapped like twigs.
My lease horse was doing this, too. Jumping the gate from a stand still (he's an appy, too, btw) when the gate was allowed to hang less than upright. I hope you will fix that gate and string some hotwire to discrouage him from trying again.

But, back to your question . . . . I would look into dressage. or jumping. He does look a bit forward for any kind of Western showing . pretty horse!

ETA ok, it looks like you are in a snaffle. I just can't see quite clearly. AND not sure if the top rail of the gate is missing where the horse is coming over or not. again, picture clarity. horse sure can tuck his knees nice.
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