What Might he be Good at? (confo/movement)

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What Might he be Good at? (confo/movement)

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        08-10-2009, 11:35 PM
    What Might he be Good at? (confo/movement)

    It was pointed out to me by one of my best friends that maybe my mare isn’t the best for barrels and stuff, considering she’s 15 and is a dedicated trail horse. She just seems to like the trails more than anything. My friend pointed out to me that my girl knows her job as a trail horse and thrives on the trails, as that’s all she’s ever known... but my 3 year old gelding is young, impressionable, and still fairly new to training (I’ve been riding him for almost a year and a half, but all he really knows is walk, trot, and canter... nothing else... he’s currently learning how to move away from pressure and is beginning to finally understand how to move off leg and seat cues...). She stated that I should teach him to run barrels and other things instead of my mare. I got to thinking that maybe she’s right. We’d only be doing it for fun and I’ll probably never get serious about it, but I have younger cousin who would love to have a ‘barrel horse’ to ride... even if he’s not all that good or can never go very far. I’d have to probably reteach him everything from the ground up, but it’d be worth it to see my cousins having fun with him if I never get into it.

    So, how is my boys conformation? Do you think he’d do all right doing barrels, maybe poles, and possibly a few other things? How is my boys movement?

    Dakota is almost 3 and a half year old and stands at just under 15.2 hands. He’s a grade Tennessee Walker. Sorry for the bad quality... my computer’s upload quality is messed up and I’m not sure how to fix it.




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        08-10-2009, 11:40 PM

        08-11-2009, 10:56 AM
    becuase he has a fairly short back, I think he would make a great jumper. Also in your movement pics the 4th and 9th picture look like he/she's doing a really nice extended trot, so also think about doing dressage x
        08-11-2009, 01:19 PM
    No confo critiques from me but he looks like a western horse to me. I could see him doing barrels or roping!
        08-11-2009, 02:16 PM
    Cool. Thanks!
        08-11-2009, 02:35 PM
    I think either barrels or dressage. Definitely think about dressage, cause he looks like he could go far with it. He's got lovely movement :) x
        08-11-2009, 03:14 PM
    The thought of dressage has never even crossed my mind, lol... I'm a western rider who just plays aroud with an english saddle every now and then...

    I just may look into dressage sometime... it seems really interesting and I love watching it.
        08-18-2009, 03:32 AM
    Lol, even if you take up some small classes (walk and trot or whatever it is you have in america) at the next local show and just see how he goes :)
        08-18-2009, 05:50 PM
    No real critique here.... but I love your horse. Of course I'm partial to tennessee walkers... esp bay ones!
        08-19-2009, 09:16 PM
    Yeah, I agree...his trot is very nice...look into dressage or english flat classes.

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