I have a 5 year old Dutch WB (sire) x TB (dam) who was slightly downhill when I bought him 6 months ago. His withers caught up a bit for a while, but it seems lately his back end has gone up a little more recently. He is still downhill. It definitely makes a challenge for training him to use himself and get his hind end under him. He's also very long-backed/bodied. I realize that he's just got to learn to use himself and figure out where his body is, but I worry that his conformation will make this even more difficult. He's a good mover, that said, and is very athletic. Ultimately my goal is 3' - 3'3" hunters (in the next few years). Do you think he still has room to grow and even out to get more balanced, or is this what we have to work with?
In the meantime take it easy on his rides while he's in this really down hill stage. Like you said, it's harder for him to gather himself up when he's like this, so it's unfair to really ask him to do what is conformationally challenging, but at the same time you don't want him working around inverted.
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I have a horse who grew an inch and a half in the withers between age six and seven years old. Wait it out.
I have a homebred pony that grew withers between five and eight! He was officially measured at 5 to be 14.1HH and at 8 he is just a hair under 15HH. To ride he never felt down hill/heavy on the forehand.