Shes doing really well. What gets on my nerves about her is that she is perfectly trained. She's been sent out to the trainers every year for the past 4 years. When people say 'that horse knows better'...Rosie really does.
We got past a major hurdle tonight. She was an angel catching her in the field...came to me and stood tied for quite a while. Walked up to the round pen quietly with no problems. Did everything I asked of her in the pen. Walked her around the arena with the obstacles, had her walk over a tarp and over some little trot poles. She just needed a refresher on the 'your space/my space" thing. She backs when you turn towards her. She walks when you walk. I didn't try to trot her as she was still weezing 5 minutes after a very short round pen work. (it was 100 degrees here today) The problem came when we got to her stall. I put her in and tied her again. Brushed her again and then got the measuring tape out. She did NOT like that AT ALL. I guess I feel the same about the scale! LOL When the tape touched her sides, she swung that huge hip at me. I cracked her. No gentle touch, no "no no rosie, that's a bad girl" a good old woop right on her ginormous bum. Problem solved. She knocked the crap right off after that. That being said, here are her measurements.
Since we only have a 'horse' tape and not a draft tape...she tapes out at 1 3/4 tape. Our tape goes to 1500#. Were going to get a real measurement of her this week sometime but for now we are estimating her somewhere around 2500#. That was shocking but almost predictable. Her neck at its fattest point is 56" around. FIFTY-SIX-INCHES. For comparison, I taped an equally fat SSH who was round 38". I doubt I will find a breast collar to fit her. From the middle of her chest to where it would meet my dee rings...38". Oh and the bitting process wont be so bad afterall. Despite her mass...she only needs a 5.5" bit. I thought her bit *was* a 5.5....it is a 5".
While round penning her...I noticed something strange. First off, the girl can barely get out of her own way...she jogs when asked to trot. In the roundpen (that is big enough for her btw) she can do two canter strides. That's it. But the really strange thing is...her legs don't match her body. They are bigger than your average horse...but not by a ton. Her feet are big but not like dinner plates. I know that she is a Premarin baby and she is a cross breed...but do you think its possible for me to work her enough to get her body to match her legs? Here is a pic cut in two for reference. rosiebottom.jpg
And then the top rosietop.jpg
Ps these pics are from last year when she was in much better shape than she is now.