“JT Rainman is a 9 year old registered APHA gelding, standing 15 + hands tall. (I will get an exact measurement of his height.) He had professional training in the past and knows his basic arena stuff, has done a little roping (though he isn’t really the rope horse type), and has been ridden on trails.
He would be a fantastic dressage prospect or a nice 4H mount. Intermediate to advanced rider recommended.
Asking $1250. Or interested in trading for beef cattle.”
I wonder if they know that dressage and roping are two very different disciplines? Don’t get me wrong! It can be done! And those horses that can, in fact, go from one to the other are quite versatile and athletic; not to mention worth a pretty penny to the right people. This guy, unfortunately, is not a horse made for the dressage arena.
Egad that horse is poorly trained! It’s hanging off the big dudes hands, totally on the forehand and has no idea how to move properly. In what world is that a dressage prospect? Actually, this is one of those cases where the horse’s conformation precludes it from a performing a specific discipline. Normally, if a horse moves nicely enough (and with a certain level of proper training) you can overcome a number of conformational flaws. This, my friends, is not one of those times. And, for those that have competed dressage, you know that one of the things you’re scored on is Suppleness. Does that horse look supple to you? Naw, me neither. Given the above noted uneven gait, perhaps suppleness isn’t a realistic option for this horse.
Anyone else think he looked… off? He looked to be stepping unevenly with his hind legs every once in a while. Not a consistent limp, but something that would make me want to get a chiropractor or some such professional out to look at his alignment and see if he’s not out somewhere or if he really is just that poorly put together.
When I see horses like this, I wonder if they wouldn’t benefit from yoga-like exercises (from the ground, not saddle) to help bend, supple and build their muscles. I’ve been wanting to try that with my horse actually. I’ll start looking into it and get back to you guys.
The reason that horse can’t bring its hind legs underneath itself to track up at all:
Honestly, he has the hind-end of a heifer. (Actually, I’ve no idea if that’s the correct bovine comparison, but I want the alliteration )
PS. that is one high-set tail!
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