Ooh la la!! I was also curious about the description "equally confident" rider needed! I try to read the bios before looking at the pictures because my common sense doesn't need an excuse to disappear! But good Lordy that horse is lovely looking!
(A decidedly unhorsey) MrB knocks over a feed bucket at the tack shop and mutters, "Oh crap. I failed the stadium jumping phase."
(he does listen!)
He looked sound in the videos, and there are some conflicting statements in the other thread regarding his injury. I posted his link because he seemed of unusual quality for an ottb/adoption horse. I'm sure they will be extra-careful in rehoming him. *Yes, he does seem like a real firecracker-experienced rider only!
Canter is still a little stiffish to really evaluate-it is a new skill for him after all after years of running. I'm not willing to pass alot of judgements just yet. He is attractive enough (heck drop dead gorgeous) to make up for a little deficiency elsewhere. He might make a nice 3' horse with the right rider...not seeing a huge amount of step beyond that even with more work though. Nice project for somebody with the ability and knowledge to direct him. He does look like a pistol but the gal riding him is probably on par with alot of better Ammies and she is doing fine, not looking scared or anything. Maybe he took to the Affirmed side besides just the color.
NV does a great job in selecting, prepping and being honest about what they offer. Nice to see this stakes horse has gone to a good place after outliving his track and stud usefullness.
When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.
Yeah, some of the pictures of his trot makes me think he can move more uphill than we see in the canter. But he looks relaxed and the rider doesn't look like she's *obviously* letting him cruise along with kid gloves. So I can't tell how much of that flat canter is "all he has."
And IME, this kind of canter-- lacking a moment of suspension-- makes finding distances tough.
This boy screams dressage rather than hunter/jumper to me. If I was a more experienced rider and in a position to have my own horse, I would be seriously interested in him. Alas, my timing and skills both need work.