07-10-2011, 12:52 PM
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I agree - I don't think any of the above would be competitive at the world show this year without a lot of work, and it is hard to tell in the videos because of the excessive fixing happening. The second horse had a good two beat jog but was heavy as Dove noted... but hard to get the overall picture because he didn't go around one circle without "excessive checking and fixing" that will kill a score.
My daughters were on the 2007 APHA World Champion 4H Horse Judging Team, and I was surprised to learn exactly how high the penalties are for checking and fixing your horse. If a judge sees a horse that moves in a correct manner, requiring no checking or fixing - that horse will always place over a horse being corrected. MY girls would see someone fix their horse, and that horse would get knocked down in the placings - for every offense. When I was showing circuit, they would critique me and announce HANDS!! Everytime I messed with my gelding.
I would insist on a video of a horse being left alone in all three gaits to see their base talent - you can then decide how far past that you can get your eventual purchase before worlds with training.
I liked the second one the best of the options.
ETA - I really like the look of the third, but looks more a hunter horse to me, when asked to lope he doesn't look clean - more like a trope with a quite significant head bob. Also just has a longer stride - would be difficult to get this horse slow in a natural manner.