I don't know what his ancestry is because he doesn't have a brand, but I am told that his conformation would be right for a Belgian parent.
He came to us through a twisty route. He showed up in an auction last winter, had obviously been neglected for a while but not for an incredibly long while, had also obviously been a professional show jumper. I guess the vet can tell that from his muscles and joints, and my trainer says that even now when he lines up to take a short jump he approaches it like it is 5 feet tall.
We think maybe his rider died and left him to people who didn't know what they had, or that he got retired to the "good home" who wasn't able to maintain him. Even with his topline wasted off and his feet overgrown and an awesome winter coat he was clearly enough a very superior sort of horse that everyone did an intensive search of the stolen/missing horse ads for the last couple of years, because I guess this quality of animal doesn't usually show up in an auction.
I'm just grateful as heck! This guy is a MUCH better horse than I ever expected to have! Especially at this stage of my riding life! He listens so closely to my seat, I can think something like "let's ride a circle" and whatever tiny change I make in my body when I think that, I don't even notice what it is, but he does, and he heads right into the circle. And he learns things very fast! Yesterday, my lesson was practicing some walk-trot-halt transitions, and after three of them, he started halting himself (without waiting for my request) so we had to go do something else for a while.
GIRL let me tell you!! Hang onto that one!! I've had one horse like that in my WHOLE life and I loved her to pieces. I swear some people will think I'm NUTS but she could read my mind.... I know it sounds unbelievable but I swear its true!! I'd picture in my MIND what I wanted her to do and she would do it. EXACTLY. I thought back up and she did it, I thought Take 6 STEPS BACKWARD AND SHE DID IT! I thought take 4 steps crosswise and she did it. I concentrated in stilling my seat and making SURE that I was not giving any signals with my body and i'm telling you every single time she read my mind. She was an Arabian, brood mare about 11 years old when I bought her. She was thin and had not been ridden in years. I've tired it with every horse, dog and cat i've owned since then and never ever have I found the same connection in another animal. I think I was blessed to have experienced that "oneness" one time. It is an extremely special thing. You will probably never have another one so please CHERISH that horse!!