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ak_showgirl 02-23-2011 01:27 PM

Jumping Critique & Horse Value
This is Dusty, he is an amazing jumper, extremely honest, and safe for anyone to ride or jump. He is a seasoned show horse, having competed in countless local shows as well as several USEF rated shows. I mostly show him in the Jumpers, anywhere from low level up to 3'6. Has won multiple 3'6 classes, has schooled up to 4 feet. Dusty is also a great trail and all around horse. He has competed in three Competitive Trail Rides, always doing well each time and winning everything in his division one time. He has shown in 4h, can go western or english, however I have only ridden him english for the past several years as he excels in jumping. He will jump anything you put in front of him, and I mean anything, he is totally bombproof and will pack anyone around a course. He has been used for lessons and is a great teacher as well. This past summer I attained my C3 Pony Club rating on him, so he can do lower level dressage as well. He does cross country too, and is loves water.

15.1 hands
11 years old
quarter horse/morgan cross
has papers with the palomino registry ( I know its not a great registry but at least it shows his real age)

I was wondering if you could critique my riding as well as how much you think that he would sell for. I do live in alaska so keep in mind that the horse market is not down at all here, there are unbroken 2 year old qhs selling for $1500-2000.

Thank you!

ak_showgirl 02-23-2011 01:29 PM

ErikaLynn 02-23-2011 03:21 PM

Your horse is very pretty. He seems like he's been there and done that. He also has a lot of show experience which is a plus, but he is a Quarter horse Morgan cross. Not saying that is a bad breed, but that type of breed you will get less money than a giant warmblood. I would say he would be worth about $4,000-$8,000.

You ride him well, except you are ducking too much on the horses neck, also your leg slid back too much. You are gripping with the back of your calf rather than the side which is making your foot turn out too much and you are hitting your horse with your heal in a weird spot, which can be annoying to the horse.

Another thing is your elbows are pointed straight out to the sides. Bring your elbows closer to your side and extend your arm more to release rather than releasing with your whole body.

Last, your horse is jumping flat in every picture, I'm not sure if it's because you have too much contact with his mouth and not allowing him to use his whole body over the fence. Or it might be his natural way of jumping.

I do like how your back is nice a flat and your seat is following the horses motion. You are also looking ahead. Great job!

ak_showgirl 02-23-2011 03:35 PM

Thanks! He does jump very flat naturally, we do gymnastics and other exercises to help, but he has always jumped flat. Thank you for the critique, I will deffinatly work on my release more!

VelvetsAB 02-23-2011 06:33 PM

I adore his colouring!

I have to agree with what Erika has already said....leg has slid back, elbows, and his jumps.

If he has always jumped like that...then it is probably just him, but it might eventually limit the height of jumps that he can do, which may affect his selling price. He looks like a neat and tidy jumper overall. I am no expert at pricing horses, so I will leave that to others.

You: Good heels. Lovely back over fences. Not a fan of your porno butt in the last picture. Also not a fan of how your wrists are bent at an odd angle...they should be more in line with your forearms. Leg needs some more work to become solid, but it looks to be effective for you. If you were to start jumping larger, or more solid stuff....or on a horse that liked to stop all of a sudden...I would be worried that your leg would then no longer be effective.

ak_showgirl 02-23-2011 06:51 PM

:oops: Yea, that last picture is my worst one from this summer (but good to critique!) I dont like porno butts either, and I was jumping ahead, and I was doing something really wierd with my arms....

upnover 02-24-2011 05:26 PM

A solid 3"6 jumper who is honest and forgiving enough to be beginner friendly can be worth quite a bit. However, his size, breed, and flat jump will be his biggest downfalls for pricing. Also, is he competitive at 4"? Or just schooled a bit at that height? There's a big difference between a 3"6 horse and a 4" horse! Also, how big is his stride? It'll help make up for his size if his stride is big. Around here I would say you could easily get $10,000 if he has an extensive show record and people have seen him go around and be a saint. Probably up to $15,000. If he's competitive (with a successful show record) and a complete packer at 4" I'd say $20-25,000.

ak_showgirl 02-24-2011 06:04 PM

Thanks for the reply! He has been schooled quite a bit a 4', but I haven't shown him at that height before, just done courses and such in the arena at the barn. He has a nice stride, and is easily adjustable. He can go down a line and do a 5 stride in either 3 strides or 7 or of course 5! His stride at the trot is floaty and he can really move very nicely when ridden correctly. He is not a crazy jumper with no flat work. I believe in the term "dressage between the fences". He can also do the rollbacks required for the harder courses.

justjump 02-24-2011 06:15 PM

Where I live, he'd probably go for 10! He's really cute, he'd be worth more if he was taller! Good job with him! Quarter horses are just so versatile(:
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Equilove 02-25-2011 12:00 PM

You can wear T-shirts in Alaska?! :P I would love to live there. It's beautiful.

As for the horse, he is gorgeous and seems unique. For some reason, you remind me of a jockey in a race in this photo:

Or a superhero. :P Don't you love my invaluable critique? ;)

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