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    09-27-2012, 09:46 PM
  #21
Yearling
They are beautiful and well cared for! Does that first bay have some pin firing on his left front tendon? What are they typically used for there?
     
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    09-27-2012, 10:44 PM
  #22
Started
Love seeing and hearing about them, they're gorgeous!
     
    09-27-2012, 11:30 PM
  #23
Green Broke
Is that how they spend their lives, tied to ropes?
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    09-28-2012, 03:39 AM
  #24
Foal
Love the gray dapple horse.
My wife has wanted a gray dapple horse since she was born, and we just can't find a good one...
     
    10-28-2012, 02:03 PM
  #25
Weanling
Ooh, I haven't been online in a loooonng time. Copperhead, I don't know what pin firing is, sorry, so I can't help you with that :) All of the horses in the photos are buzkashi horses, for playing the national sport of Afghanistan. It's like a really really chaotic version of polo, played with a dead calf. There are two teams, nominally with twelve horse-rider pairs but in reality it can be up to a hundred on each team : the players try to get possession of the dead calf and make a circuit of a post in the opposite team's territory in order to score two points. Simply getting possession of the calf is one point. The horses are very quick and the best ones will even bow down so that the rider can get hold of the calf on the ground if that's where it is.
There is some serious money involved since it's a big prestige sport like racing is in the UK and US : businessmen and politicians often own buzkashi horses or whole teams of them, while riders try and get a good horse and thus ensure a place in the next season's good teams.

Natisha, in the summer there's no grazing and it hits 45 degrees, so yes, they're picketed all day with their feed in barrels. Early in the morning and last thing at night they're taken for a bit of a walk around to stretch their legs, then they're stabled for the night. The autumn/early winter is buzkashi season so they're put back into work, which means lots of long slow distance stuff and then sprints. There's grazing in the late spring / early summer so they're taken up into the hills a bit to eat. But they're still kept on pickets. With a good, proven horse costing upwards of 15,000 dollars, and no fenced land, you'd keep them on ropes too
     
    10-29-2012, 10:00 PM
  #26
Yearling
I'm sorry but all I can think is those POOR horses - tied up?! And their hooves - look at the length of the heels!!
Yes their condition is good but the conditions they live in a frankly, appalling.
     
    10-29-2012, 10:08 PM
  #27
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Merlot    
I'm sorry but all I can think is those POOR horses - tied up?! And their hooves - look at the length of the heels!!
Yes their condition is good but the conditions they live in a frankly, appalling.
Those are good looking feet, probably the best I've seen in a while.

I don't see why you are so discusted.

If you have nothing nice to say, don't say any thing at all.
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    10-29-2012, 10:47 PM
  #28
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Originally Posted by Merlot    
I'm sorry but all I can think is those POOR horses - tied up?! And their hooves - look at the length of the heels!!
Yes their condition is good but the conditions they live in a frankly, appalling.
The conditions they live in... are the natural terrain and climate of the country. Far more natural for a horse than for example putting them in little square paddocks of lush green grass. These horses are worth more in value to their owners (as a percentage of the owner's total wealth) than most if not all of the horses and owners on this board, and they are looked after accordingly.

I found the pictures wonderful, and the information fascinating. Thank you AnnaHalford.
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    10-29-2012, 10:52 PM
  #29
Yearling
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Originally Posted by myhorsesonador    
Those are good looking feet, probably the best I've seen in a while.

I don't see why you are so discusted.

If you have nothing nice to say, don't say any thing at all.
I'm sorry I obviously mistook this forum for people who do care about horses.

And Shropshire girl, yes the terrain looks great and would be if the horses were able to run freely in it. I was talking about the fact they seem to spend their entire lives tethered.
     
    10-29-2012, 11:05 PM
  #30
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Merlot    
I'm sorry I obviously mistook this forum for people who do care about horses.

And Shropshire girl, yes the terrain looks great and would be if the horses were able to run freely in it. I was talking about the fact they seem to spend their entire lives tethered.
What planet is tinny feet good?

Maybe you didn't read, where the OP said they are kept like that at this time of year.

Maybe you should try and think out side of your culture.
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