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alexischristina 08-24-2011 10:45 PM

Critique his jump
The search is over, thank god. I didn't post a critique before I finally got my new horse because it was kind of a quick 'pick up and get him' (we had a good trial beforehand, but the seller then backed out before changing her mind again.

I don't have any confo pictures, these aren't mind- they were pulled off of the ad.

He has been jumped with a rider to 4 feet, free jumped to five- the fence behind him in all of the arena photos is a good 6.5 feet, for reference. He over jumps a little, but he's incredibly honest- my coach got on him and set him up long and short and he always went right over. Conformationally what I noticed is that he has a long back, but with maintenance should he get sore I don't think it'd be a problem, it doesn't seem to bother his ability too much.
What do you think about his form? Anything that needs to be improved with grid work? His knees look a bit uneven in some of them, but I like his tuck for the sake of cross country.

I'm curious to know what breed you think he is? Just for fun.

Kitty74 08-25-2011 01:16 AM

Can't see the pictures...

alexischristina 08-25-2011 02:16 AM

.... They were there when I double checked the post, not sure where they went. o.o I'll re-upload them.

alexischristina 08-25-2011 02:20 AM

Alright, it's because the server they're hosted on is down. :-|
Here's one then, I'll see if it's fixed by tomorrow.

Kitty74 08-25-2011 02:29 AM

Goodness what a pretty boy! He's got a nice powerful jump, pretty correct, with even back legs and strong impulsion. His knees are nice, though they could be a bit more even and a bit more tucked. But I'm just nitpicking. He's gorgeous. He does look like he has a bit of a long back, but as long as you pay attention to it it should be fine.

I'm guessing thoroughbred?

Elana 08-25-2011 01:46 PM

He is a very scopey jumper. Of course, training in gymnastics never hurts and always helps a horse to stay sharp (not to mention his rider). Looking forward to conformation shots when you can grab some! :)

gypsygirl 08-25-2011 01:52 PM

hes cute, i like him ! although in the xc pic his knees are pointed down.not good, probably just because the jump is so small, but not a pic i would have used if i was the seller. how old is he ?

alexischristina 08-25-2011 04:57 PM

He's seven years old, 1/4 TB and 3/4 Quarter Horse.

He definitely doesn't 'respect' the smaller jumps as much, but we did some small gymnastics yesterday. He is super hard to fit a saddle to though, so I wont be doing too much until I can find one that fits his lack of wither x.x
It's a nice day though, so I'll go get some conformation photos when I can find a camera.

alexischristina 08-25-2011 07:26 PM

Alright, so went and hung out with him for a bit, it's too hot to ride, and got a few more pictures. He's standing a little awkwardly, the ground was very 'ouchie' on freshly trimmed feet.

He doesn't have perfect conformation, but he's got amazing temperment, very nice guy and I'm in love with his colour.

haleylvsshammy 08-26-2011 12:01 AM

Okay, so I'm no expert and I'm just giving it a try. When smarter people come around they can tell you if I was way off or not :)
It looks like he has a pretty long back and his back legs are very straight. It also looks like he toes out just a little bit on his front feet. He looks very handsome and like a good boy!

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