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Appy Lovers Critique
A little info.. He is a foundation bred gelding. 15.2hh and 7 years old.
Thee best hooves in the whole world!
Would like honest critique about his conformation.
I' am undecided on what I want to excel in with him. I can ground drive equipment with him, trail ride for miles, pushed cows, I've watched him ever so gracefully jump 5ft from a stand still like a deer.. and he loves to swim.
This boy has talent...
How do I figure out what a good discipline would be for us to try?
What does he look like he could handle?
I do wish to show him in the future but we need a goal. I don't want to train him to do things he's not built for, can't handle or possibly doesn't like it.
I come to the best people on the net to ask these questions!
I have attached a few pictures of him, squared and in motion.
Seriously looking for honesty. Not going to hurt my feelings, only going to help guild my horse and I in the right direction for our future goals in the show ring.
Shazam! would he look gorgeous under MY dressage saddle!
I love Apps almost as much as my Belgian.... nice Horse.. BTW:wink:
Outta my way, STG! He's mine to gloat over. I saw him first.
(grabby hands, grabby hands)
OK, OK.... as far a disciple, I used to have 2 Apps, one won as many Blue Ribbons in Dressage as she did Western Pleasure.
Her daughter was just a lesson Horse for English and Western.
Apps can do anything :-)
There isn't anything I DON'T like about him! I have grabby hands too! :-)
Nice horse. Body seems a bit heavy but I hesitate to say "fat" because the spots don't allow that to show. Nice bone. A bit straight thru the hocks. Not a bad horse.
Needs work (and needs to get his ring of muscles going).. and after that if you think you got Mods 'n Members fighting over him now, wait'll then!
I also think he is a great looking horse. He would fit right in with my pasture.:D
He has been off mostly the last two years from training, no conditioning just lazy trail riding with some friends and beers.
2 years ago was when I had him in tip top shape. He trotted 4-6 miles a day, backed up a sloping hills and climbed train rail style steps and could ride for hours without breaking a sweat. Now... well yes hes tubby and completely out of shape and thats why I come here because If I dont find something to do with him other than trail riding he will stay fat LOLOL
And i had a goal 2 years ago for barrel racing but he is WAY to elegant when he moves and carries himself for barrels.
I just cant find that event or style of riding to do with him!?!?
I thought about dressage or driving but I have no idea of that style, Dont get me wrong I would love to learn but no instructors in this area :(
He is broke to the hilt, side pass's, flying lead changes, ques with smooth transitions and floats on his feet but still goofy.
Yet.... I have noticed!! and this to me is HUGE!!! When i harness him up to ground drive and drag rails around, he tucks his head in and will jog like a WP horse and ONLY under harness.. Otherwise he is moving fast.
And thank you everyone for critiques, the more the better. I only want to learn and prosper with him.
Personally I'd put him English and go either Hunter/Jumper or English Pleasure. Both work well for forward moving horses. Excellent Leopard!
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