I have a black Quarter Horse named Brodie who has a cute star and snip and I love him to pieces even the days he is difficult and doesn't want to ride. We just had our one year anniversary in october and I am so proud how far he has come.
When I first bought him he was barely ever ridden and I was the first to ride him english. I fell in love and did all the wrong things when buying a horse but I could not imagine my life withought him.
The fustrating part is that I am training him from scratch, creating and building up muscles that he never used. He loves to jump so much, well besides the days he doesnt want to work, and I want to either go enter him in jumpers or hunters.
The only thing that is holding me back is his movement. He has a short choppy stride and I have to work just to get a long extended trot and canter. I know he is not a fancy thoroughbred or warmblood but he has the potential for hunters because of his willingness and determination to please.
I am working with my trainer over poles and lengthening and making him use his hind end. I'm sick of people saying oh he is choppy and stuff even if they didn't say it in a mean way.
I love my horse but it is hard not to be envious of my friends 16. 3 thoroughbred who moves like and angel. And another thing I don't get is that another quarter horse at my barn has beautiful gaits.
Why I am truly asking this is because I want to know if my horse will be judged down because of his movement on the flat. I am not worried about over fences because he has beautiful form when he paces himself.
Have any of you had a success story with short strided horses and have you fixed the problem or made it less noticeable? I love my horse but I want rides to be more comfortable for the both of us.
Btw his overall health is fine. Im in schooling shows not rated. My trainer and I are working on it and he is doing better but is not the best yet.
Thank you and I know it is long please share any sucess stories you have had with your horse that has had similar issues. Videos and pictures and very much welcome :)