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post #1 of 43 Old 04-10-2010, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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Will he be suitable? confo critique please!

Hi, I know everyone hates trying to do critiques on babies, so I apologize in advance. I know there is only so much you can tell at this point.

I've recently started taking english lessons for the first time since I was about 10 years old, I've been a committed western rider most my life. I'm hoping to progress someday to a point were I might be able to do some schooling/low level dressage. If I get there, it's what I'd like to do with my colt, Finn. But I'm still learning a lot, and I don't know all of what makes a good dressage horse at this point (besides excellent training of course!), so I'd like those of you with experience and knowledge to help me see what will be working in Finn's favor, and what will be working against him, or if he will just flat be entirely unsuitable.

He's only a yearling, just turned one on April first. I know a lot can and will change for him between now and maturity. He got a (rough) body clip and bath today so I thought it would be a good time to get some pictures. He's 3/4 Shire, 1/4 Paint. And I'm not thin skinned, so please spell it all out for me!

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post #2 of 43 Old 04-10-2010, 05:00 PM
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You'll get more constructive critique after this but wow those legs are long!

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Wow, that is one beautiful baby!!!

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post #4 of 43 Old 04-10-2010, 05:07 PM
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I would say yes he could do some dressage work :) every horse can do dressage work. Even a tb that just races could get dressage work..
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post #5 of 43 Old 04-10-2010, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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Lis, *lol* He's all leg! He's 15 hands even as of today. String test puts him at 18.2 hh full maturity...ahhhhhhhhhh! I'll need a parachute.

Horsea - aww, thanks

Eventersbabe - I know about any horse can do it, was just hoping someone can point out any glaring faults that might limit him. But thanks so much for your input!


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post #6 of 43 Old 04-10-2010, 05:29 PM
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oh geez, I want to steal him soooooo badly.. just give me some directions on where you live and by tonight your horse will be gone.

His pasturns seem a little steep, but I think they start to slope more as they grow and get older..... he looks like he has a powerful hindquarter which I've heard is helps, but I've never actually had any experience of that advantage or anything, im just going by what I've heard people say ;)

He's very very handsome!

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No critique at the moment, but he looks GREAT for a yearling! Lol :)
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post #8 of 43 Old 04-10-2010, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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oh, and if anyone can pin down what color he is for me that'd be great. *lol* As a weanling, he was the fuzzy foal gray and shed out into a fading black. I thought he'd stay fading black, he sunbleached a lot over the winter, but then early in the spring started shedding out lighter around his eyes. I know you can't usually get an accurate color off a freshly clipped horse, but I didn't clip him down close either, and he doesn't seem dark enough to count as a fading black to me now, other than his face is still dark (I clipped his head/face too).


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post #9 of 43 Old 04-13-2010, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
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bump ~ any more constructive critiques please? Thanks!


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post #10 of 43 Old 04-13-2010, 09:10 AM
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watching him move would give more of an idea on dressage. If he under himself or strung out? Muscling can change a horse drastically. I would like to see him in better condition in the growing stage he is too thin for my taste and needs lots of nutrition while growing.
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