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post #11 of 16 Old 03-19-2012, 10:14 AM
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She is definitely gaining muscle and fat, but she obviously needs more. This is just what I have slowly put on her since January 4th, she has a lot more to go :)

No, I am not riding her yet. I don't feel comfortable. Those are me in the pictures, and I do not feel like she is big enough for me yet. I want to give her every chance to develop. She has had a saddle on 5x and walked around/lightly lunged with it on. Her other forms of exercise include lunge lining, free lunging, and ground driving/flexing. We try to put in a variety of patterns and stretches too.

But that's just me, a lot of people have told me to jump on her. I just don't think she is big enough/think I am too big for her.

Anyone have thoughts on that?
I think you are handling it perfectly. I think building her up slowly is the way to go for an animal that was starved. She is fine boned so you don't want to just pack her full of fat without the muscle and bone developing with it. I wouldn't ride her either, that's why I asked. I certainly wouldn't jump her! Ignore that person's advice!!! Your instincts are spot on, keep up exactly what you're doing.

Addition: You aren't too big for her, when she's ready she will be a fine mount for you. You're not big and she's not small, she just has some growing to do.
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post #12 of 16 Old 03-19-2012, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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I think you are handling it perfectly. I think building her up slowly is the way to go for an animal that was starved. She is fine boned so you don't want to just pack her full of fat without the muscle and bone developing with it. I wouldn't ride her either, that's why I asked. I certainly wouldn't jump her! Ignore that person's advice!!! Your instincts are spot on, keep up exactly what you're doing.

Addition: You aren't too big for her, when she's ready she will be a fine mount for you. You're not big and she's not small, she just has some growing to do.
Thank you! Jump her? Oh, no that is not what they meant, they meant like go ahead and hop onto her back, hahaha. IF she is going to be trained as a hunter it will not be for mant years!

Thanks for the feedback!

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post #13 of 16 Old 03-19-2012, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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I measured her bum, 15 hands! And her wither is ALMOST 14.3!

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post #14 of 16 Old 03-20-2012, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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I SORT OF laid/leaned over her back, my feet were still on the stool :P
She was like, really mom?

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post #15 of 16 Old 03-24-2012, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
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On the pony! <3 muhahahahaaa!

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post #16 of 16 Old 03-24-2012, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
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Be cool if I included the pic huh ...
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