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        04-19-2009, 08:06 PM
      #1
    Yearling
    Talking The NEW Evo's Progress Thread.

    So I made the silly mistake of replying to my old thread, and have had a lot of interest in my boy leaving... I'm proud to announce, that he didn't go anywhere those few months ago... and thought, well I ought to show the pics of him now.
    He's not under saddle atm, considering I'm currently on crutches with a shattered leg.. and won't be riding for months ahead of me.
    A 'quick' background on my boy: Evo is a NZ Standardbred gelding that I bought in 2007 when I sold my older mare. He was my first unbroken horse.. and my friend backed and started him for me... although I was involved in the process. I didn't ride him until about June 07 as I have a recurring knee injury (thankfully in the same leg as my broken one)... and we did struggled together with the trot for close to 2 yrs now because of that leg. I sent him last Christmas to my best friends/instructors for training... I'd done the basics with him, it was time for him to get more under his belt. She took him to the beach, got him jumping, he schools at walk, trot and canter, and tackles hillwork like a pro. I thought he was too talented for me to hold back and put him up for sale. A lot of people were telling me how crazy I was... as I based putting him up for sale on ONE ride, and all I did was walk cos my knee gave way. I thought I would do him some favours, despite him being incredibly devoted to me - he just can't get enough of me.
    I was miserable and tried another ride on him - the FIRST time I'd ever ridden his trot and not fallen on his neck... I cried with happiness, took him off the market and bought him home. He's a changed man... but we've had some issues since being home. I haven't ridden him as much as I should, as he's been very airheaded because he's obsessed with my mare Honey... but when I do ride him he's pretty good after a couple of "hey get your head in the game Evo!" from me. Our trot isn't as good as that day... I think I ride better when I'm being instructed... but we are getting there. Or were should I say, now that I'm not riding.
    God I type too much... you can tell I'm a writer! Here's some pics:


    The ride that made me decide to keep him!

    Again.

    Love this one!


    A few weeks later at home, something like my third or fourth ride.


    Excuse my top rolling up, I got sick of fixing it haha. I know he's not forward here, this is what he got taught by my friend to accomodate me... I can handle his trot if he's in a frame, so the first few circles of trot are pathetic so I can find myself and then he's driven forward. I hate how I suck at his massive trot, but we found a compromise and he tries so hard for me.


    My last ride - on the same day I fell off my mare and broke my leg. He was an utter pig in the first half of this ride, no attention span what so ever, completely zoned out and left me sitting there not knowing how to get him back. So I pushed him into the trot, hoping that would help.




    I know, I need to get off his face.


    Finally towards the end I relaxed more as he became more confident and forward...

    So you can see that I'm still enjoying my boy... he's lost his neck muscles since he's come home from me only riding him probably 7 times since coming home - I've unfortunately got all the excuses out there - sick, injured and university and now broken/crippled... but he is going to be ridden by my friend who's looking after them while I'm stuck at home. I know I've reverted back to some of my bad habits on him - holding more rein than I should in the trot, I need to relax and trust him... and on the rides I don't have photos of, I actually was on much looser reins... I think I need to forget that the camera is there. I won't be riding until October onwards... so I can't fix my problems until then.
    I'm never going to be able to have him going amazing like my best friend did... but as long as he's happy with what he's got, I can't give my boy up.
    Thanks to all those who actually make it this far haha!
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        04-19-2009, 09:41 PM
      #2
    Weanling
    Im really not trying to be mean, but your saddle is to small for you, this put weight on parts of the saddle that arnt ment to have weight on them which can dammage a horses back. And by looking at your hroses back you could easily go for a larger saddle.
         
        04-19-2009, 09:52 PM
      #3
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by charliBum    
    im really not trying to be mean, but your saddle is to small for you, this put weight on parts of the saddle that arnt ment to have weight on them which can dammage a horses back. And by looking at your hroses back you could easily go for a larger saddle.

    Thanks heaps for that.
    I'm not trying to be rude myself, but I've had this comment before and rushed off to my saddle fitter, who reconmended this saddle. If it came in an 18.5" I would have gotten that size. My saddle is an 18" and I cannot afford how much the 18.5"s go for, especially as most have to be imported into NZ or custom made. And as for wintecs, most sizes finish at 18" (I know there are 18.5" I think in the wide versions, but neither of my horses would fit the wide saddles) I have been told by both my instructor (who has many years of experience) as well as the saddle fitter, that my saddle does fit me. In the first pictures I'm riding in a 17.5" Isabell. I am currently saving for an 18" version for myself, which will give me plentiful of room.
    Thank you for the concern, I however, have seen much worse. I am working on my weight, and my horses haven't complained yet... so until they do, I'll keep using my saddle.
    It's really disheartening to be trying to get everything right for you and your horse, and then people come and tell you that you could be hurting your horse. I know you don't mean it intentionally... but I'm not a massive rider compared to some out there, and at least I try to be as accomodating to my horses as I can.
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        04-20-2009, 01:39 AM
      #4
    Foal
    Your horse is BEAUTIFUL!

         
        04-20-2009, 01:47 AM
      #5
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Showjumping2008    
    Your horse is BEAUTIFUL!

    Thank you!
    I'm pretty partial to him myself ;)
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        04-20-2009, 02:00 AM
      #6
    Foal
    He is a Standardbred yes??

    The Standardbreds here ( well most of them) look nothing like him.. Nor do that move like him!
         
        04-20-2009, 03:51 AM
      #7
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Showjumping2008    
    He is a Standardbred yes??

    The Standardbreds here ( well most of them) look nothing like him.. Nor do that move like him!

    Yeah, he's a registered NZ Standardbred. The first 7years of Evo's life was wasted being thrashed up and down a track while amateur driver's learnt how to drive a horse on him. When his "use by date" came up, he was going to the dog tuckers yard where a lovely lady saved him from that fate. He then spent a year chilling... and I bought him the next year on.
    We have our problems, but man he's a gorgeous horse. I'm a dressage wannabe... so he's perfect for the job, it's just getting me up to scratch
    And he's a clean jumper too, so my mate will probably enjoy that side to him... her horse doesn't like to jump he likes to work... and I like schooling, so we kind of have this running joke about swapping horses when it suits us.
    All my horses are rescued Standardbreds... I've been in that scene for years now, and only got the two horses now, but had another SB mare too... and all of them don't look the same... but they're all Standardbreds and I'm proud of their brands! Even when they do get prejudice against them!
    So thank you!!
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        04-20-2009, 02:27 PM
      #8
    Foal
    He is gorgeous!!
    He looks like he is in great form, not to fat and not to skinny.
    My riding horse is a s-bred as well and he is my boy, I'll never want another horse (aka different breed) and I love hearing how people resuce them and turn them into something great again!
    Your place looks very gorgeous as well (or whereever it is you are riding )
         
        04-20-2009, 07:40 PM
      #9
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Chausser    
    He is gorgeous!!
    He looks like he is in great form, not to fat and not to skinny.
    My riding horse is a s-bred as well and he is my boy, I'll never want another horse (aka different breed) and I love hearing how people resuce them and turn them into something great again!
    Your place looks very gorgeous as well (or whereever it is you are riding )
    Thank you so much!!
    It's nice to see him in great form right now... one of his problems that he came with was that his teeth in the front are worn down, so he can't eat the really low grass easily... he has no way to pinch. He's an anxious horse, and windsucks when he's in a trying situation, so I believe that's how he did that to his teeth. I changed his diet last year and that really helped keep the weight on and he spent the summer at the place in the first 3 pics, where there was a ton of grass down the back and so he came home pretty plump. We call him "Fat Man"... he suits having some solid weight on him.
    Yeah, I work with my best friend/instructor in saving Standardbreds... she has about 7 on her property at the moment. She rides in the Standardbred ring at shows over here and is currently the three year running NZ Grand National Standardbred Champ. She wants to breed Standardbred's for riding purposes, but for now she rescues all kinds of horses from horrible lifestyles. I admire her work, and if I had my own land, I'd do the same. All my Standardbreds I've had are rescues. Honey was supposed to have a bullet in her head last March... apparently she was unstoppable in the cart and would kill someone. Now, she's the safest horse I own... doesn't get worried about much... and she's VERY stoppable, she just hates her mouth being hauled on... which shouldn't happen anyway!
    Standardbreds are lovely horses, and like you I don't want another breed. I try not to be biased, but I find all I need in these horses! They come in so many shapes, sizes and meet so many versatile disciplines.
    Thank you. I live in New Zealand and my friend does have a beautiful place, I like riding there. A lot of people like my paddocks too cos of all the hills around me.
    Wow, wrote too much! Haha, my apologies.
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