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    01-27-2014, 12:42 PM
QHDragon: Artakez was one of the horses in the original post =). I like him too. The friend I have who went to the track recently said that he was very sweet and jogged nicely when she saw him.

BlueSpark: I am prepared to give a new horse however much time it needs to adjust. My old barn had several fresh OTTBs over the course of the years I spent there, and my trainer now has a couple in her training. I don't think any of them took 6 months, but there was definitely a transitionary period. I'm sure it just depends on the horse :)

Elana: Wow, you are good at this! He DOES do that click-y thing at the trot, only on occasion. And by occasion I mean once every other week or something like that - it is not severe enough for me to put bell boots on when I ride or anything. He used to have a SEVERE tripping problem when he was younger too. Thankfully that has gone away with more training and as he built up more muscle. Oh yes, saddle fitting is so "fun" . I tried on every jumping saddle at my barn and NONE of them fit 100% correctly due to his withers. When I use a riser pad in the front, the saddle I have works, thankfully.

As far as the farrier goes - this picture was taken when I first moved him down there and switched over to a different farrier. My trainer pointed that out too.

He does pick up his knees much nicer over oxers and solid XC jumps. I think another problem with his knees is that he was used as a low level lesson horse on and off for about 8 years. He jumped a LOT of x rails during that time and I think that somewhat contributed to sloppy form. I agree - I should be giving more by opening up the angle of my elbow.
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    01-27-2014, 01:20 PM
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You can easily fix the clicky thing (or try to) by simply rocker toes on this front shoes. A TINY bit quicker break over and clicky is all gone if it is that rare. If he had more angle (more normal.. not as straight) to the hind leg he would click all the time. It is the toe of the front getting clipped by the toe of the hind on the same side at the trot. Some will put a little trailer on the hind foot but I think trailers are bad for the joints. A rocker toe actually makes the foot break over easier and can help the horse and reduce wear in a shod horse.
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    01-27-2014, 01:28 PM
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Swiss Game is the only one I'd be bothered to look at - he's got much more body than the others and his front end will grow into those big quarters so will cope better with the dressage and showjumping phases - but not sure how well his legs would stand up to the cross country especially given he's going to be an overall heavier animal
    01-27-2014, 01:52 PM
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There are a lot of things to like about Swiss Game.
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    01-27-2014, 01:53 PM
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Originally Posted by showjumperachel    
QHDragon: Artakez was one of the horses in the original post =). I like him too. The friend I have who went to the track recently said that he was very sweet and jogged nicely when she saw him.
Oops! Well, I like him a lot!
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    01-27-2014, 01:58 PM
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I wish they would show those horses on the lunge and not just trotting up and down
I'd like to see a measurement for how much 'bone' they have (Leg) too

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