Saturday, July 5, 2014

Chrome's Future Career


I posted this picture of Chrome on a conformation critique page asking what discipline they thought he would be suited for.  I said he is a five year old Arabian cross that is currently out of shape.  I didn't mention Friesian cross because I've noticed that it often colors the opinion of people who dislike or are not familiar with the baroque breeds.  The first response was someone asking for videos because it's hard to know what a horse is suited for without seeing how they move.  So I shared these three videos that I have shared on the blog before.

One of him trotting.


One of him cantering.


Also one of him showing off his fun, fancy Arabian trot.


I was nervous sharing them because my equitation is awful with me being so out of practice.  They were very nice and refrained from commenting on my riding (I asked them not to lol).  The comments I got on Chrome are great though!!  Check it out.

You will probably have to click to enlarge it to read.

I blurred out their pictures and names since I don't like posting stuff like that without permission.  The comment that starts with "Please do dressage with him!" totally made my day!!  :D  I've always liked his movement, but I didn't know for sure what he was actually suited for.  I know it's only the opinion of a few strangers on the internet, but it makes me feel better to know he is suited for what I want to do.  Considering I bought him as a weanling I got lucky he has turned out perfect for what I want to do!!  I'm really itching to start dressage lessons when it cools off outside!!!!

I'm also curious about the hunt seat suggestion.  I really don't know much about it.  Just what I've read on some blogs.  I would like to try it just because I love doing new things, but can you compete in flat classes and not participate in jumping classes?  I don't know how all of that works.  I don't think he is suited for jumping, so I don't think I want to jump.  Anyway I would love to hear your comments and opinions too because I don't feel like you guys are just a bunch of strangers on the internet hehe!  Your opinions mean a lot to me.  :D

11 comments:

  1. He looks great and definitely has potential for dressage! Can't wait to hear about his dressage training!

    I believe Hunt Seat is strictly equitation, and can be done on the flat or over fences. It seems to be more popular here with the younger crowd, particularly Pony Club and 4H. The horses seem to sell for a bit more than other disciplines, too. Other than that, I don't know much about it.

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  2. I've finally started reading some of your blog in the past few days, and wow! Chrome is gorgeous! It looks like you're doing an awesome job with him, no matter what you two end up doing together. It's obvious that you took the time to build a great foundation with him.

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  3. Dressage or maybe Sport Horse (the Arabian/Half Arabian Sport Horse classes cater to both hunter and dressage types and no need to jump). Arabian/Half Arabian Hunter Pleasure is also strictly on the flat. Really, he's such a nice looking horse and has such a great attitude I'm sure you could do about anything with him!

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  4. Thank you guys!! I don't know if we can do the half Arabian shows since his dam wasn't registered, but I'll check it out. We could do the open classes at least. I've never really cared for competing, but having a horse like Chrome is making me excited to try it out someday! You guys are awesome! I really appreciate your comments. :)

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  5. Doh! I'm sure you told me that before (that he didn't have half arab papers). No worries though, the open world is going to totally adore him, too! :)

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  6. Lol it's alright. I wish she had been because I bet the half Arab stuff would be fun.

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  7. He looks like he could do a lot of things, but I'd definitely look forward to hearing how he comes along in dressage :) He is such a pretty guy!

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  8. I love love love Arabian/Fresian crosses. I agree with the dressage idea, he's got such flowing movement. He could also do western dressage or just the hunt seat flat classes. He probably would also be great at the less glorious competitions like endurance. (Which I love).

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  9. I could def see him doing some dressage!!

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  10. Thanks guys! And Kitty I definitely want to do some Competitive Trail Riding or Endurance with him. :D We are definitely not sticking to just one thing hehe.

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  11. He's a nice mover - I totally see dressage.

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