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Who were the best movers??

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  • #21
    Originally posted by jmvwiv View Post
    Island Time ? While he's not from "back in the day" his big time show career is behind him. He won everywhere and to watch him strut is breathtaking!
    Is that the horse with the GORGEOUS trot that went around his ears flat back all the time? Beautiful mover but the most sour expression you could imagine.

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    • #22
      Island Time has a paralyzed nerve in his face and could not put one ear forward. He had an expression like he was sour, but it was a physical limitation. He is an awesome mover.

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      • #23
        Originally posted by jmvwiv View Post
        Island Time ? While he's not from "back in the day" his big time show career is behind him. He won everywhere and to watch him strut is breathtaking!
        Yeah. Pokey was "the horse of a lifetime" for our good friend Jerry Camera.

        I agree, he was (and is, even at a pretty advanced age) lovely. Long sweeping stride, lots of cadence and suspension. The best type of mover exhibited by the Thoroughbred, IMO.

        My sister had the privilege of riding him once. Once they went over the ground rules (LOL, you will not run out the gate!) she said he was probably the most comfortable horse she had ever ridden.

        MHO, good movers do not just win hack classes and look pretty, they hold up. They last. I think the conformation points that influence movement also contribute to longevity. Go and look at some of the older horses. Is there a "pile driver" among them?

        And for Pokey - a long life and a great retirement in the future.

        Sue
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        • #24
          Originally posted by Won For Fun View Post
          Island Time has a paralyzed nerve in his face and could not put one ear forward. He had an expression like he was sour, but it was a physical limitation. He is an awesome mover.
          Yep. This had nothing to do with his attitude. The horse has a lovely temperament, very brave and giving. He does like his cookies though and had me "marked" as a purveyor of same.

          Sue
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          • #25
            Pokey is now owned by a wonderful beginner adult. He's in great shape, stunningly beautiful, sound, and quite happy. He still does that insanely awesome trot and has a canter so smooth you could hold a full glass of water while going and not spill an ounce.

            If you keep him out of traffic his expression isn't so grumpy and his ears will pretty much go up (when he wants them to) - don't want people to think they are pinned back all the time.

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            • #26
              Originally posted by jmvwiv View Post
              Pokey is now owned by a wonderful beginner adult. He's in great shape, stunningly beautiful, sound, and quite happy. He still does that insanely awesome trot and has a canter so smooth you could hold a full glass of water while going and not spill an ounce.

              If you keep him out of traffic his expression isn't so grumpy and his ears will pretty much go up (when he wants them to) - don't want people to think they are pinned back all the time.
              He really, really likes Mrs. Pastures Cookies. Along with the more usual junk like carrots and apples.

              Heh, when I visited him the ears were at full attention, because he had it figured out that there were cookies in my pocket.

              He's a wonderful, wonderful horse. I'm so happy he has such a great home.

              Sue
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              • #27
                Though he was well known just a few years ago, Fortune Cookie was/is one of my favorites of all time.

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                • #28
                  Small: Super Trooper
                  Large: Emerson




                  (not "were" - they're still out there!)
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                  • #29
                    Way back when, when I was riding in the large ponies, I always loved No Deposit No Return and through he was a beautiful mover.

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                      #30
                      Nelson, I remember No Deposit No Return. He was a great mover. I believe Renee Carroll had him.

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                      • #31
                        Welp, there are some familar names on this list. Great movers all.

                        But let us examine this more closely. What exactly IS a great mover?

                        (Yeah, I know, it's like the Supreme Court definition of porn. You know it when you see it. LOL)

                        But I think it is quantifiable. I'll start. A great mover is:

                        Balanced and Cadenced.

                        So c'mon folks, anyone want to play with this?

                        Sue
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                        • #32
                          strapless

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                          • #33
                            Originally posted by Vandy View Post
                            I haven't been to the shows back east in a while...do remember the lovely Kiss Me Not and many of the others mentioned from back then though.

                            Out here in the middle of nowhere, I recently saw 'Q' win some hacks - it was shocking to see such a fabulous mover in this area, and I think he'd be competitive anywhere.
                            Q was very competative 'back east' at indoors.
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                            • #34
                              Originally posted by BridalBridle View Post
                              strapless
                              You think? I mean, she moved *well*, but I wouldn't classify her in the same group as some of the other horses mentioned here.

                              In addition to being balance and cadenced, I think a good mover should have a pleasant expression, although there are a few exceptions.

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                              • #35
                                Originally posted by Tha Ridge View Post
                                You think? I mean, she moved *well*, but I wouldn't classify her in the same group as some of the other horses mentioned here.

                                In addition to being balance and cadenced, I think a good mover should have a pleasant expression, although there are a few exceptions.
                                For a small horse she could definitely "take up the ring." Umm, maybe that is something we should examine.

                                But presence (and Epona knows, Strapless had that in spades) is not directly correlated to being a Great Mover.

                                Refine it down folks. Really think about the great movers you have seen. What is it in them that compelled you?


                                I'm on a seesaw WRT the pleasant expression. I would say, they have to be relaxed. Maybe that is the same thing.


                                Sue
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                                • #36
                                  Costello!

                                  Costello! Both of Shaw Johnson Price's horses move great!
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                                  • #37
                                    Originally posted by Tha Ridge View Post
                                    In addition to being balance and cadenced, I think a good mover should have a pleasant expression, although there are a few exceptions.
                                    I'd add freely forward-reaching, lifting/rounding the topline, and light: coming from behind and springing from the rear so the front feet seem to touch the ground so lightly as to make no sound. That's what struck me about Hush-- he seems so light on his feet that it made me think that his name must come from the soundlessness of his footfalls.
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                                    • #38
                                      A great mover moves with a long, floaty, straight stride and the movement looks effortless. The horse should have a soft, alert expression. There should be little knee action and a pointed toe.

                                      Crown Point is an up and coming 3 yo ridden by Scott Stewart. You can see what a fabulous, straight mover he is even at 3!: (download one of the free sample videos: http://www.showhunterclinic.com/techreq.php
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                                      • #39
                                        On a Rodney Jenkins video I saw a horse named RSVP (a TB, I think) who was an incredible mover.

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                                        • #40
                                          Originally posted by VirginiaBred View Post
                                          Blue Mist never lost a hack class. (Medium Pony)
                                          Didnt addie Phillips have that pony? Nice, nice pony
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