Dressage Conformation Question w/Pic
What do you think of the conformation of this horse for Dressage? He is 15.3 hh and 12 years old. (I'm not giving away the breed-- can you guess?)
What are his good and bad points?
You don't have any of that horse square? It's hard to tell when he's.. not.
He's square besides that back foot, isnt he?
He's got a very high wither, bit bum high and hocks could be a bit lower.
He actually reminds me a little of my 10 year old hanoverian, who has a long neck, a bit bum high but hell he can move.
It would be interesting to see him moving - if he can bend his hocks and sit, there's no problem. If he moves straight and doesn't sit, then not so good.
The angle of the pic doesn't do justice to the horse. He's cute. Nice tie in through the loin area which is important for dressage. The extreme dip behind the whithers makes him appear bum high, but he's not. However, the extreme dip behind the whithers worries me. I'm not sure how that would affect his ability to lift his back and bring his hind end under himself. He's got a nice clean throat latch, well formed neck, but it sits a tad low for an ideal dressage horse. His stifles appear lower than his belly which should allow him good forward reach with the hind legs, but the stifles seem too straight. It may be how he's standing though (he's leaning way forward).
He appears to have a decent amount of bone to his leg, nice length to his pasterns and good angle. His hocks are a bit high. And it's hard to say about the angles due to how he's standing.
Overall, I think he'll make a good lower level dressage horse, but he's not built for upper level dressage. He's going to struggle with collection as you move up the levels. If he's got a good mind and temperment, he could make a very nice beginner dressage rider horse. He's not flashy, but he has presence.
I'm guessing quarter/Morgan/thoroughbred? The whithers make me think thoroughbred. The head and butt look quarter horse. I'm not sure what else is in there.
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Thanks for your comments
The day I was supposed to go try him, he was sold to someone else :( Oh, well. He is a morgan.
I didn't really notice the withers, perhaps because I'm used to TB, which all seem to have very high withers. He moves pretty well in the video I saw but possibly there are limitations for upper level dressage.
Interesting comment about the stifle being lower than the belly-- I will look for that as I continue my search.
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