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post #1 of 36 Old 03-14-2014, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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Poll time: Is this rider to big for this horse

Here we go, a short clip of a horse and rider, so without any critique on riding, some simple questions:

Is this rider a good match for this horse?

What is it that makes you say yes or no?


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post #2 of 36 Old 03-14-2014, 07:42 PM
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There are too many factors for me to personally say "yes" or "no" because I don't know them. I'd want to know the horse's age, see a conformation shot of it (its legs look rather fine boned to me), and know exactly what the rider wants to do with the horse. Obviously reining, but to what level? IMO he does look a bit big for the animal to me but I know most QH are short and built like tanks...and very capable of handling heavier riders. So again, I'd need confo shots.

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Endiku I understand the qualifications, I'm just interested in a kind of first gut reaction here....sometimes it's not about science and having all the info, it's just making a call.

There are no right or wrong answers to this one, just asking peoples first thought.

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He does look a little big for that horse.

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I'd say no, at this stage. The horse looks comfortable enough in this video, it's fairly compact so I think it's capable of carrying the weight.

If we were critiquing though, I'd say that I don't much like the riding style of the rider, it looks unbalanced and rough to me which may have been enough to change my opinion.
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I had to watch without sound so I'm hoping I'm not missing something there....

I, on first gut reaction, do not think he's overly large for the horse mostly based on the horse is moving freely with little trouble leading me to believe he's not under too much weight. They may not be the best match, because I feel a horse just a little taller/more muscled may *look* better, but this could be an effective team.

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Gut reaction then, is that no he isn't too big for what they're doing now. Yes he's too big if he plans to really get into reining with big stops and fast turns with this horse.
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I say no he's not too big and they seem to be an good match. The horse seems to be moving freely without any signs of obvious discomfort. Maybe I'm biased as a plus sized rider tho lol.
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I agree about this man's riding style. I'm not a fan at all.

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I don't think he's too big at all. The horse is thick through the chest and compact through the body. From the way his saddle is sitting, I'd say the horse likely has a short back. The bones might be a little fine...but that's pretty typical of most QHs these days.

Not only that, but I don't think the rider is quite as large as he appears. Being winter, I'm sure he's got at least 2 layers on up top .

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