But even with good quality, videos just do not do him justice. He is so beautiful and impressive.
He seems so happy to perform, he tries his heart out and can go from full power mode to quiet standing and looking around. He stands like a rock when Edward is giving his speech. Afterward he can go right back into power mode. His temperament is just incredible.
side note: he looks quite easy to sit. There have been some comments made here like "who could sit that trot" etc but I think most reasonably experienced riders would have no trouble with sitting his trot. Handling the power and lightness would be a different issue, but just sitting the trot should not be a problem. His back is loose and swinging and he looks like he gives Edward a very nice place to sit.
What an inspiration! Thanks so much for sharing! I get goose bumps when I watch his transitions and those pirouettes
I am also fascinated with Edward Gal. How does he get these amazing rides - Matine, Gribaldi, Totilas - need I list more? I mean I think he is a flawless rider and he certainly seems to have a bond with Totilas. Not to mention he is fashionable beyond compare! Definitely my modern day dressage idol!
While there were def. more 'errors' in the Painted Black video and it if def. apparent that Toto has much more ability Pi Pa, I just like Painted Black's trot so much better. The hind was more engaged and he had a better over track. I love everything about Toto except how 'contrived' and over schooled his trot looks. I say looks and not is because I know that a large amount of genetics went into how he moves. Recently I saw an old picture of a horse in expended tort where the front leg was literally perpendicular to the ground front shoulder to hoof, what was even better was that his his cannon was also very close to perpendicular and so far under his body it was insane. When Toto reaches the stage where his hind end shows the same extreme expression as his front (which might happen given how young he is), he will be as close to perfect as I can imagine.
Of course these horses have to be used to noise and distractions and so on - they have to be to compete at these venues- and Totilas is so very calm in the large shows but sometimes I think the crowd is a bit over the top, maybe even disregarding the nature of the horse and trying to get an explosion.
It's like "make the bear dance". I doubt EG thinks it is all that nice for the horse, looking at his expression.
I think you can see his concern for the horse who is such a good guy.
To be clear, I have no criticism of Gal at all.
I'll probably regret posting this as it will be misconstrued.
Last edited by egontoast; Feb. 21, 2010 at 12:16 PM.