The speed trot to canter instead of distinct queues was was something I noticed as well. I couldn't tell if he was asking for the canter and the horse needed to speed trot to hit it, or if he just sped up the trot until it broke into a canter and he never asked for the canter, or if the horse is learning that transition and he is asking for the canter and just speeding up the trot until the horse breaks over into the canter and then releasing the queue to teach the horse how to canter on command, essentially using the bigger trot as a pre-queue that will eventually be dropped.
The horse isn't being evented at the sale so if I like his conformation I will ride him and see what I think. I think this horse has a couple of holes, that may well be one of them.
I talked to the seller and he isn't competing on this horse, he said it is because he wants to win the competitions part and he has another horse that is better trained that he will be competing on and he doesn't want to have to juggle the two. To me it sounds like the horse has more holes than he wants to admit as there are other people in the sale that are competing on as many as six different horses they have consigned.
You'll also notice that this horse never relaxes during the rides, its head is always up and it is slightly concerned about everything it is doing, not badly but for an eleven year old it is more concern than I would like to see in simple tasks.
He bumps to a stop instead of a smooth transition so he isn't really dropping his rear end much/enough for the gait he is in, it makes for a stop that will pitch you forward in the saddle if you aren't ready for it.
There are some other things I noticed and I made notes on but I will be looking at all those things in depth on Friday. I can live with some holes others I can't so the evaluation Friday when I can actually be on the horse in person will tell me if I want to bid on him or not on Saturday.
Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, add what is essentially your own. - Bruce Lee
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