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        02-27-2013, 11:29 PM
    Originally Posted by FG Totally A Charmer    
    Thank you all for posting my boy! I truly appreciate it. He is turning out to be a fantastic horse with an unbeatable mind. The pictures and video posted of him, however, were back when he had less than 45 rides on him, so I would hope everyone would be fair in recognizing that. We don't ride him everyday; therefore, to date he still has less than 90 rides. However, I can attest to the fact that he IS in fact, a very comfortable ride and is extremely athletic. There aren't too many 3 yr old multiple WC halter stallions out there that you can just ride out through a field, during breeding season, bareback, with less than 90 rides and not get dumped on your butt! Lol!
    I think I can speak for all of us in saying that we would LOVE some updated videos of him!
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        02-27-2013, 11:31 PM
    No problem!

        02-27-2013, 11:42 PM
    Wow he is excited! I love the bunny hops!

    It looks like he has really learned how to use his haunches and is really athletic for a muscly boy.

    Maybe you can answer this. Does the odd gates of the strictly halter horses partially stem from not being taught (under saddle or ground) how to move properly with the extra mass, or maybe not allowed outside running around time to coordinate their movements before they become extremely muscled?

    Only reason I am wondering is because with Ozzy, if the buttock was slimmed down marginally, I would call him a reining or cutting bred stallion from his movements at liberty.
        02-27-2013, 11:51 PM
    No, it stems from poor conformation. If you look at the shoulder angles on some of these halter horses today they are pretty straight, thus the horse tends to be straight through the pasterns, in addition to the pastern being short. Straight closed shoulder leads to no reach in the front. In the hind end, the pelvis is usually too short and flat, the femur too long, the patella kicked back and not aligned with the SI, the tibia too short, and the cannons to long; thus they can't track up past their stifles very well. Those are the trends today. A lot of halter people like that modern breedy look with hocks too straight, a mile off the ground, straight shoulders, and a really high neck set. I prefer to ride my halter horses so I tend to trend the opposite direction. When I strip this horse's weight down, he looks like a racehorse. I'm not saying he's fat at all, because in reality, he's not. You can feel every single rib easily... I usually strip him all the way down and get him really lean after show season and then build him back up.

    But then again... I do things a lot differently than most halter people do. I turn mine out (obviously), I ride them, I use a complete feed and good alfalfa with no supplements, and I give them a job.
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        02-28-2013, 10:53 AM
    Originally Posted by FG Totally A Charmer    
    But then again... I do things a lot differently than most halter people do. I turn mine out (obviously), I ride them, I use a complete feed and good alfalfa with no supplements, and I give them a job.
    I love hearing this. I hope you have a HUGE influence on the halter world with your boy.
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        02-28-2013, 11:49 AM
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    Subbing, very interesting thread.

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