I was just puzzling over the score sheets because they weren't making sense. Then I realized the scores from the web site were for the freestyle and the videos I posted are from the grand prix tests. So, I will go back and correct the scores, but don't hold me to them.
That Don Johnson is a weird horse. He looks downhill and, just odd. He obviously moves his legs, but it doesn't look right. And at the walk you could clearly see how developed he was on the bottom of the neck.
That Don Johnson is a weird horse. He looks downhill and, just odd.
I think, in comparison with the more modern Dutch type horse, that Werth's more substantially built Hanovarians sometimes have a less elegant way of going. And then, riders have their personalities, preferences, and idiosyncratic styles. Werth seems to favor big, strong, horses with extensions and Gal...well, I have no difficulty picturing Gal's passaging into eternity.
Don Johnson does move weird, regardless of 'type.' I couldn't watch very much of that video because he looks like two different horses - the rear end of one and the front of another. Then there's the upside down neck. Ugh.
He doesn't look like any of her other horses. He reminds me of Painted Black, whom I saw in Vegas. Black is a very strangely built horse with a bizarrely long neck. Look at Don Johnson's neck at the walk--really wrong. He obviously can move his legs, which is probably why she got him. But is it correct if it's not through the back? And I agree the front and back end look like they're not moving together. I thought they were way overscored compared Donperignon despite his issues at the end.
Wow, Undercover's really come on since the Olympics. I thought he looked about ready explode during all three of his rides in London and required some tactful riding from Edward indeed. Here looks so much more relaxed and settled in his work and is a delight to watch.