2 years ago I went to check out a horse that was 2 days away from being shipped off to slaughter and fell in love. His name is Eclipse and he is a 16.3 (maybe ~15 year old) unraced thoroughbred (we were told tb, but I am thinking more of appendix). This poor horse was around 500lbs under weight, popping in everyone of his leg joints, couldnt stay in a trot without being pushed, and couldnt canter straight (he would lean in to the middle). I knew I could leave him, so we loaded him up, took him home, and I still don't regret it one bit. After working with him for 2 years, he now only pops in ONE joint (maybe two in the really really cold weather), now has a lovly trot, and an even more beautiful canter! Plus he is the SWEETEST horse I hve owned! Dispite being abused (which he STILL has some marks on him from that), he lets anyone ride him, he is ridden in a hackamore (strongest bit I have ever had on him is an eggbutt english snaffle), and he is ridden bareback and just a halter!! However, he still does not like the trailer, so that is the biggest work in progress with him!
here are some pics of him:
This is when he was FIRST rescued, he was SOO skinny!
In this one you can see more of how un shinny his coat is, his skinniness, his mane was terrible, etc:
This is a picture of him taking about a month ago (also shows how tall he is because I am 5'1 1/2"):
These next ones always make me laugh when I look at them. I have a 15.1hh thoroughbred and I use a lot of the same tack on them and the saddles crack me up because they look so puny on Eclipse, but perfectly normal on Charlie.
This is how the western saddle looks on Charlie:
And now for the best one! English saddle on Charlie:
And now, same exact english saddle on Eclipse...: