This is my new horse Noddy, he was bought for me last year for Christmas.
He is an 8 year old, TB, Gelding, and has just started with some dressage training, i was wondering if you could see any potential there and how high in the levels you think he can go
thanks in advance
p.s I am not the rider, please just judge the horse :D
Its difficult to tell anything from those photos.
Could you get some good conformation photos (have him standing square, head and neck in a neutral position - not eating! - and photo from the direct side, from and back). If possible, some video of him moving would be ideal.
sure i can get them this afternoon :D
I'd like to see him less behind the vertical :)
OP, as Kayty stated, actual conformation pictures would be helpful. He looks like a lovely boy, but it's difficult to determine anything by those pictures.
I totally agree, but getting a horse that evades the bit to learn to be on the bit is important for dressage....
Being btv is a training issue nothing to do with dressage potential.
Not to mention that it is actually beneficial in training to be able to ride the horse in front, and and behind the vertical with the neck in different positions. If you ride constantly poll high, nose in front of the vertical at all times you will end up with a stiff horse that lacks musculature.
There's also the point that a green horse that does not hold a great deal of strength and balance cannot be physically expected to hold a competition frame of poll high in front of vertical for more than a few strides at a time as they will fatigue and start to compensate by bracing other muscles - then you start developing under muscle and a tense horse.
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Ok , so the vid is a bit shaky so i will get a new one soon, i have a few movement pictures of him in moment and a few conformation pics
These are as square as I could get him.
(I just noticed how thin and flimsy his neck looks :( he has had like no work in the last 12 months so he has no muscle, once he has had some work he will look better)
I litle more muscling and I think he could do pretty good in dressage, I like his hip and think he could be a cute hunter/jumper as well.
He's not a bad horse. Not a candidate for FEI levels but there should be no reason that he couldn't work to medium level with a knowledgable rider.
His legs are quite straight though the pastern angle is a little more sloped than ideal, and slightly sickle hocked.
Shoulder is fairly steep so you're not going to get those beautiful big reaching front limbs of a well bred WB, but they won't be too restrictive.
Back is a good length, a tiny bit weak through the croup with a high set tail.
Nice girth on him with a well set neck of good length. Gullet is a bit thick but won't be an issue.
His neck is weak with some under muscle but that is classic of an Aussie tb that has been out of work.
I'd be working him fairly deep for now, really bending him around your legs and getting the hind legs to cross. Working him somewhat deep will encourage the lift in his back and in front of the wither, and you will see quite a quick development of muscle over his topline.
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