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post #31 of 42 Old 10-23-2011, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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xDD yes, they do have quite the same goofy dinosaur heads, don't they? He doesn't really seem like a draft x app to me, but I'm obviously no expert. XP

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She thinks draft because his head and feet are so big. I am not sure why she says appy, it could be because of his nature though. Similar manes as well. Does your mares tail get curly when it's humid?
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She might be thinking appy because of the striped hooves. If the skin under his tail, near his eyes, and on his muzzle isn't mottled though, the striping is most likely because of something else.

No, Corona's mane and tail thankfully stay about the same year round. It gets a bit dry in the winter, but that's about it.

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Well that's good! She always talks about what a pain his tail is to maintain!
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I just don't see that their heads look so awful. I think some very good riding horses are critiqued way too roughly. I'm more for soundness & safety, so I'm very glad my horses are just a few feet from my backdoor & not being subjected to constant criticism.
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I just don't see that their heads look so awful. I think some very good riding horses are critiqued way too roughly. I'm more for soundness & safety, so I'm very glad my horses are just a few feet from my backdoor & not being subjected to constant criticism.
My horse has a wonky neck, and hind legs. And on some days she does look just plain ugly.
But that doesn't mean I love her any less.

Honestly, if I'm paying $300+/month to keep her, I can criticize her all I want.


OP, my first thought was Saddlebred.
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Cacowgirl- I'm mostly teasing her, although if you were to meet her in person, I think you'd be saying a bit different. With a few more pounds on her and some more conditioning, I'm sure she won't look so odd, but in all truth- she does have a dinosaur head. We love her, ofcourse, and she's a very nice addition to our program, but the fact is that she's quite obviously not the epitomy of a perfect horse. She's bull-headed at times (this is the mare that I had problems with when on the trail. She has a dangerous quality about her that makes her have no problem with running head first into a tree...with me on her), pigeon toed, a bit narrow chested, she over-reaches, and has enough energy for five horses. These are cold, hard facts about her that make her what she is. I'm not downing her, but they're crucial to evaluate and keep in mind when she's working. With less than perfect conformation, I feel obligated to keep her from being bred, and to provide the shodding, boots, and training necessary to keep her from harming herself.

I'd much rather be well aware of exactly what is wrong with her and what is not, and be able to monitor and correct some of it- than go around saying 'my horse is perfect because she has a good heart and is a great trail horse. Nothing else matters.'

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Cacowgirl- I'm mostly teasing her, although if you were to meet her in person, I think you'd be saying a bit different. With a few more pounds on her and some more conditioning, I'm sure she won't look so odd, but in all truth- she does have a dinosaur head. We love her, ofcourse, and she's a very nice addition to our program, but the fact is that she's quite obviously not the epitomy of a perfect horse. She's bull-headed at times (this is the mare that I had problems with when on the trail. She has a dangerous quality about her that makes her have no problem with running head first into a tree...with me on her), pigeon toed, a bit narrow chested, she over-reaches, and has enough energy for five horses. These are cold, hard facts about her that make her what she is. I'm not downing her, but they're crucial to evaluate and keep in mind when she's working. With less than perfect conformation, I feel obligated to keep her from being bred, and to provide the shodding, boots, and training necessary to keep her from harming herself.

I'd much rather be well aware of exactly what is wrong with her and what is not, and be able to monitor and correct some of it- than go around saying 'my horse is perfect because she has a good heart and is a great trail horse. Nothing else matters.'
This is something I wish more people thought about. Being "critical" about conformation can also be seen, more truly, as being aware of potential physical limitations and considerations when it comes to training. Far too many people wind up injuring horses by working outside the scope of their PHYSICAL ability. (just because a horse is willing enough to try doesn't mean it should be asked)
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This is something I wish more people thought about. Being "critical" about conformation can also be seen, more truly, as being aware of potential physical limitations and considerations when it comes to training. Far too many people wind up injuring horses by working outside the scope of their PHYSICAL ability. (just because a horse is willing enough to try doesn't mean it should be asked)

Exactly. For example. I mentioned before that she is a fully trained and very capable header, and I was seriouse. She's a fantastic cow horse with great sense, but I don't think we'll ever use her for that purpose. She's nothing like the bulky, well-build stock horses that we generally use for working with the cattle, and I really don't think that her body could take the pressure of a job like that. With as much pep as she has though, she'd go crazy as a weekend trail mount. Without work, she paces the pasture for hours. So, we enlisted her as an intermediate/advanced lesson horse, as well as our more 'long distance' trail mount for the instructors. With a job like this, she can be exercised sufficiently, but without the unnecessary strain on her bones and tendons.

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