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        08-22-2012, 07:53 PM
    More of Mellow's transformation

    I know the regulars on here are probably sick of seeing his face, but I'm just amazed. He's still out on pasture grass and grain only once or twice a week when I can get out there.

    Here he is when we first got him-

    And now 5 months later. He's filthy but fatter!

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    And his rump.

    I'm calling him a Quarter Pony. What do y'all think?
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        08-22-2012, 07:57 PM
    I think he looks great! Good job! I'm new here so could you tell me the back story?
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        08-22-2012, 07:58 PM
    Doesn't look like he is missing any meals now! He is a cutey!
        08-22-2012, 08:34 PM
    Originally Posted by cowgirl4753    
    I think he looks great! Good job! I'm new here so could you tell me the back story?
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    My mom does pony rides, and she needed another large size pony to hold up the bigger kids (say, up to 150, which is what I weigh). The weekend my son was born (that's how I can keep the timeline so straight!!) my step dad went to go pick up Mellow. Not sure what possessed him to actually BUY Mellow, but I think they only paid $200.

    When my mom came home after taking care of me and the newborn, she was not too pleased with his size. He's a little over 14 hands, and just quite simply too big for what she needed. I came to visit a week or so later and fell in love with him. Below is the link of him trotting (and me still with baby fat)-- he just didn't seem like a Western horse, and I'd always wanted to do English. Anyway, I just had to have him. Mom and I traded for a while-- she took my pony Duncan and I took Mellow-- and I've been trying to get weight on him since.

    He seems like such an easy keeper, because like I said all this weight gain over the months is just from being on grass. Not sure what his past owners were keeping him on, but it couldn't have been good. I haven't started riding him yet because of the aforementioned baby, but he's gotten better about just coming up to me at the pasture which is awesome.

        08-22-2012, 08:46 PM
    Awe that's great!
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        08-23-2012, 12:58 AM
    It really is amazing what good muscling does for alignment. Check out that hind end! His legs are finally hanging straight off his frame. He's got to feel like a million bucks.

    Something about the way one photo and a few glimpses of the video, but I kind of get the impression of sOme Icelandic heritage somewhere in the woodpile... Am I totally nuts or does anyone else see it?
        08-23-2012, 01:28 AM
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    I dont' know about the icelandic. His face may show some of that, but his body does't seem that way to me at all.

    IN any case, regarding his movement and difficulty in getting him moving and staying moveing:

    You don't know what his training level is, do you? He may be very , very green and have very little experience with a rider on his back, or having a bit in his mouth. Am I wrong in this assumption?

    In any case, he looked uncomfortable moving iwth the rider on board. He may just need conditioning, or a check on the saddle fit. But please do some work with him on the ground to better asses his training level before you start riding much.

    He does have a very nice walk and really strides out and though he wants to stop , he does't look seriously worried and seems to have a good temperament. Just seems a bit green so I might be a bit cautious with him.

    Congrats on your new baby. I am still wearing the baby fat; 16 years later!
        08-23-2012, 09:13 AM
    Yeah, I'm not totally sure of any training he's had, but I think he's just been let out to pasture too long and get away with bad behavior. For example, he usually lets the farrier pick up his front feet but he fights with his back feet initially. My farrier worked with him for 3 minutes before Mellow would stand to have his back feet trimmed. I think he's just spoiled from inexperienced owners letting him have his way.

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