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    01-09-2012, 03:00 PM
Hw does he look?


Please could you western riders tell me how my new boy looks? I'm not after a confo critique but just a general western riding point of view. How is his head carriage etc. This is also posted in the pics section bit. I would like some western riders views on how he looks generally. Thanks guys.
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    01-12-2012, 01:09 PM
He is absolutely gorgeous and he looks awesome in western tack.
    01-12-2012, 01:46 PM
Looks pretty darn good to me! But is hard to really see everything from that pic. If we could get him squared up and such?

BTW what breed is he? Percheron? ( I have a soft spot for those big babies)
    01-13-2012, 06:17 AM
He's a Registered Highland Pony. Thanks Guys I think he really suits the western tack too. I need to figure out a colour but I think the blue looks quite nice bit have visions of a red also. He is also english trained. Is his head carriage low enough for western classes? I have seen some pictures where they are far lower than that. Should I be working to try and get this lower? I can't wait to have some fun this summer.
    01-13-2012, 06:24 AM
Beautiful. I would be proud to be seen on him on a trail. As for color ... plain. I would want him to be the star, not be distracted by color. Bright colors would be like putting a gaudy frame around a beautiful painting.
    01-13-2012, 07:53 AM
*drools on her keyboard* Netty, I'm pretty sure he doesn't like it in the UK and wants to move to the states. I'll have a stall & pasture all ready for him

His head carriage looks great to me, coming from the QH world, the rule is no ears below withers. There is typically less of an arch in the neck and more level but I think he looks fabulous and true to his type! I also agree with iride, I'd go with something plain as well, more than likely I'd pick black with maybe some light silver accents (as far as your show clothes), let him shine!
    01-13-2012, 08:15 AM
Thanks for the advice on colours I thought a bright colour would make the grey stand out. Actually he is a dun but you can't tell from this photo. I actually thought it was stable stains when I first saw him and then I checked the passport and he's actually dun. I was having a look on his breed society website and they are quite rare I believe. I think this boy will do me proud. To say he will either make me or break me is what springs to mind. He can be quite dominent (probably not what a timid rider needs but I know I can deal with him from the ground so i'll start from there) but when he has displayed this behaviour i've corrected him and so far he hasn't put a foot wrong. Hey i've only had him 3 weeks there is time. This horse is everything I have ever wanted - to be able to ride western properly! I paid 1,800 for him i'm not sure how that converts to dollars but I think he is worth every penny. Just hope I do him justice he made reserve champ at his first show! So if he suddenly disappears I should put a stop on all horse movement in the UK????
    01-13-2012, 08:34 AM
He is beautiful! And the tack looks very nice :)
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    01-13-2012, 10:36 AM
Thank you, it's very hard to get western tack over here and it's very expensive! I managed to pick up a US import second hand for 395 I think it's quite an old one but I love it and it has been well looked after. My bridles are hand made by my friend. Although the UK native breeds are quite mutton withered and my saddle tends to roll slightly. I'm so pleased you guys like my western horse. Well if I can't have the real thing from over there then I had to look out for a steed that was western trained at least. I hope one day I can put some pics on here of shows we have done together and tell you how we are getting on.
    01-13-2012, 10:45 AM
Okay so I checked the currency converter $2760 is the equivelant of what I paid, so i'm curious as to what I could have got for my money over your end???? He's 11 years and rides both english and western walk trots canter jumps small fences but I believe only 50/65's obviously he isn't built for it. Trail rides (hacks) off road and in traffic although not 100% with waggons. Done a full season last year with a 12 year old girl at local level english shows and pony camp and has done a couple of seasons at Horsemanship showmanship some reining and some pleasure classes although I guess this all is at pretty low level. Will be interesting to see what you guys think I could get for the same amount of money over there.

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