So that kind of sucks! I grabbed a few crappy stills (and lightened them a lot) from the video to break up the wall of text. But the lesson went great :)
I attempted to polo wrap Henry for the first time before our lesson. He stood nicely for me but the wonderful BOT polos I was given by a friend were incredibly loooonng. I'm going to have to buy a shorter pair if I want to polo wrap him.... it looked like he had two giant stuffed animals on his legs when I was done (and I don't completely suck at polo wrapping, I used to work at a dressage barn after all!).
It was pouring rain outside so I set up a few poles for us to trot over inside. If the weather was nice I was hoping we could try for a canter on the front lawn today (the footing is quite deep and somewhat uneven inside).
I feel like both Henry and I are doing great with the forward button. I'm more clear and organized and he's much more responsive. The steering is improving too. Our big homework this week is practicing our walk/trot transitions.
I am really enjoying lessons from ST, she is super positive about me and Henry and also gives us great homework. She said something at my lesson today and I didn't quite know how to take it.... So I welcome opinions from blogland on if I'm being ridiculous or not.
The conversation went a bit like this:
ST: I think he would make quite a nice dressage horse.
Kate: Well I think both of his grand sires competed at a fairly high level of eventing, so they would have to have some decent dressage skills haha.
ST: No horse is perfect conformation-wise and if I had to pick out some flaws on Henry I would say he's a bit behind at the knee and his shoulder angle is a bit upright.
Kate: Okay good to know, I don't have a great eye for that stuff.
ST: I do have a friend who does the 1.30m on a horse that's behind at the knee though.
I joked that we weren't going to the Olympics (but also true haha) so he doesn't exactly need to be perfect. She also mentioned another horse (that I know of) who has very bad conformation but is quite successful and has a lovely temperament.
I just took it at face value at the time but for some reason it got stuck in my brain and has been rolling around in there for a while. I dunno, I sort of felt like she was telling me that Henry didn't have the right conformation to be a jumper.
I read a bit about horses being back at the knee and found this photo and quote from this website (http://www.horseinfo.com/info/faqs/faqconformQ4.html)
Calf kneed (back at knee)
The knee curves backward. Produces strain on tendons, bones and ligaments. Knee chips and bowed tendons are the result of calf knees.
So I invite your thoughts! What do you think of Henry's conformation? Be honest :) I always liked his shoulder and front end (but what the hell do I know)... I found him a bit straight behind as the only flaw. But I'm happy to receive other thoughts and opinions.
These are the most recent photos of him somewhat standing somewhat square for reference :)
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