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  • Dressage movement? (vid)

    So...I had one of my yearlings gelded very recently, and was moving him about the pasture as instructed by the vet (to make sure he drains well and heals) I noticed his babysitter 2y.o. full brother really strutting his stuff. I know the 2y.o. can jump...but don't know that this movement will fly in the hunter ring. Should I market him for dressage instead? (He's the lighter, taller grey in the vid.)


  • #2
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    • #3
      Originally posted by CFFarm View Post

      my thoughts as well. If he has jump, like you stated, then eventer! best of both worlds. !!


      • Original Poster

        Originally posted by MunchingonHay View Post
        my thoughts as well. If he has jump, like you stated, then eventer! best of both worlds. !!
        Aargh...but tough market

        Thanks for the input!


        • #5
          Well he is bred to be a dressage horse, but I am not sure why you don't think he will make a hunter. If he jumps like a hunter he has a very nice canter to go with it. He also has a nice trot that might have a little knee but he also has reach and a good rhythm.

          It would all depend on how he moves and travels when he is asked to carry himself.

          I don't see an eventer personally, and marketing him as one will get you half the price of a hunter/jumper or dressage horse.
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          • #6
            Wow he's a thing of beauty. What's his conformation like? Do you know any dressage BNTs who could take a look?

            He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).


            • #7
              He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer.
              Honestly time will tell. The brain to me is what directs what discipline he will excel at
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              • #8
                He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer.

                I love that. I'm going to have to rip that off for a siggy!

                He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).


                • #9
                  Nice horse, offered a flying change which is helpful in deciding if the horse can do third level +. Trot is better then canter, but overall good gaits. Extra flashy? no, but looks well balanced and could do well in just about anything.

                  Other then that, horses can change movement undersaddle (some look BETTER, others flatten out) so time will tell as others have said.

                  Also, what the horse WANTS to do as his job is also key.

                  If I was buying a young horse for dressage he would be on my list.


                  • #10
                    Hunter. The canter is lateral.


                    • #11
                      His rear leg action is too much out behind him, rather than under himself, for dressage.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Equibrit View Post
                        His rear leg action is too much out behind him, rather than under himself, for dressage.
                        Ditto. The hind leg jumped out at me as well. I would market him towards the hunters.


                        • #13
                          Im glad his hindend has been mentioned...I noticed too, that his hindend is out behind him...he doesnt place his hindfoot far enough under his body. and this is what i would look at in a dressage prospect, as well as a very good canter....which he doesnt have.

                          Any horse can do fchanges in the paddock...even my big wb mare who hasnt a great canter can do sequesnce changes but to get that under saddle is much harder

                          I too, would market him as a hunter or eventer


                          • Original Poster

                            Thanks all, for the input!
                            I think if you do stop-action on the vid, you can see that sometimes he steps very far underneath himself...and other times not. He is about 16H at 2y.o., and still very gangly and leggy. He is very sweet, and eager to please...and he learns quickly. But all big feet, big long legs, looong neck...a lot of big parts to grow into.
                            I wondered if he had too much movement for hunters...at least for the hack. I know the desired movement for hunters has been evolving...not sure they're ready for him yet, however


                            • #15
                              As far as the change - he was late behind by about 4 strides.


                              • Original Poster

                                Originally posted by dudleyc View Post
                                As far as the change - he was late behind by about 4 strides.
                                Actually...late by about 5 strides, though he had another clean change around 2:20...and there was a handy little kick-fart-change combo that had my daughter (with camera) snorting!
                                Last edited by selah; May. 15, 2011, 11:01 AM.


                                • #17
                                  Mind you,,,,he IS a nice type...adn we are being quite picky here. Over here in Oz, he would be a perfect eventer...not sure about hunters as we dont really have that here?

                                  But a hardy eventer that can put in a decent dressage test and is agile on their feet cross country, is much sort after over here Something that is atheletic and isnt going to get too heavy.


                                  • #18
                                    I really have a gut feeling towards hunter. Good luck with him. His is super yummy!!! Love his movement but don't see "dressage" there. JMHO
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                                    • Original Poster

                                      Thanks for the input...I really appreciate it!

                                      Hunters is good...eventing is good, but IMHO, an awful market. Perfect Pony got it spot-on!


                                      • #20
                                        This horse is two. So who knows. In a year he could be unrecognizable from this video.

                                        What stands out to me is how well he handles himself on the terrain and in the corners. When he decides to push up the hill rather than pull, he uses himself very well. He is also very wound up, which is cheating a bit

                                        He is having fun being a Big Boy and bossing his friends around, which is a point not to be lost, his breeder can comment on his innate traits such as dominance, confidence, etc.

                                        I think he will be interesting to look at again at 3, the neck fairy will have stopped by...
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