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    05-18-2012, 06:41 PM
Originally Posted by BlueSpark    
Of course I knew I was in trouble when she put a white lab coat on when grooming so she didn't get her pants dusty....
Makes sense to, dirty, dust, wear white to keep from getting dirty.... (rolling eyes)
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    05-18-2012, 06:44 PM
Originally Posted by BlueSpark    
Of course I knew I was in trouble when she put a white lab coat on when grooming so she didn't get her pants dusty....

Are you serious??? That's fantastic! I would not have been able to keep a straight face.
    05-18-2012, 06:59 PM
I would love to ride for pleasure with her rather than to "work". I'd love to trail ride. The problem is, she's terribly clumsy and equally spooky. Recently she tripped on a level gravel rode and went down to her knees, scraping up her pasterns and knees. When she's walking down a hill, she has a bizarre tendency to cross her front legs in front of one another as though she's walking a tightrope, which can't do anything good for her ability to balance.

It's like she needs the dressage, even if she's not much good at it. I fear that if I were to stop "working" on these things she would fall on her forehand, start travelling lame, stumble more often, and bolt all the more because she feels so off balance.

I'm going to do what I can to key it back and just have more relaxing rides. I would love to just have relaxing rides without the need to get anywhere or achieve anything.
    05-20-2012, 02:04 AM

Conformation issues are so finicky. I know a [Saddlebred] mare who is toed out equally an all four feet, and she has a really long back. She has one of the smoothest trots I have ever seen, and somehow travels straight. She has the most beautiful spanish walk too. She has her issues, especially with her heels and she had pancake hooves at one point. She needed a lot of work to get to where she is today.

Have you ever had a therapist (bowen, acupuncture, pressure point, deep muscle, chiropractic, etc) look at your mare and see if she is "off" anywhere that might lead to her imbalance? If she's naturally a klutz, well, ****. But I'm curious if there might be an underlying issue that prevents her from carrying herself well. I find that horses, even with some seemingly outrageous conformation issues, can still be taught to travel and carry themselves well despite.

Keep up the great work you've been doing with her, keep her healthy and happy. And if semi-retirement is in your plans for her, that is alright too. You have a lot of years left in her yet. Enjoy them. :) To hell with what other people think.

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