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post #1 of 11 Old 05-29-2010, 08:23 AM Thread Starter
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Not bad for 21...

It's times like these I wish that I had taken photos when we first brought Kody home. He was on the skinny side, his tail was so matted it was like a plank of wood, he was so wormy, his coat was dull and shaggy in the middle of summer and his feet were disgusting.

These photos are from today, 4 months later, and they don't even do him justice. He's absolutely gleaming and just so much happier. He is now giving 3 beginner lessons a week. One of the people riding him in lessons is my cousin (pictured) and he is doing wonders for her confidence. She's rediscovering the skills she learnt 12 months ago so quickly.

Without further ado . . .






and Tareya riding






I'm so proud of my beautiful old man!

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post #2 of 11 Old 05-29-2010, 09:33 AM
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What a grand old gent! I love the soft \ kind expression on his face with your little cousin on him. He knows he has precious cargo on board!

He looks great, and with his exercise/lessons 3x's a week and all the good care he is receiving from you , he will look even better and more muscled. You've done a wonderful job. I love these older horses, my T is also 21, and the youngins still can't keep up with her! ;)

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post #3 of 11 Old 05-29-2010, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks :)
He is such a sweet boy. He was actually in a bit of a mood today, but as soon as Tareya got up on him, he knew he needed to behave.

I can't wait to see how great he looks when he puts on some muscle!

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post #4 of 11 Old 05-29-2010, 09:59 AM
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What a darling. I have to agree with the above post. You can tell that he is being so patient and well behave with a rider on board. Those horses are honestly priceless. People take those absolutely phenomenal horses for granted. Good for you, for finding a way to keep this old guy going. Easy work and keeps him busy.

Great pics
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post #5 of 11 Old 05-29-2010, 10:02 AM
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The wonderful thing is that with him doing beginners lessons he won't be too taxed, so it will be a nice gradual building. But he looks like he could handle a bit more, and that's where a little advanced work comes in. I love working with these older horses, they as a rule, have a good see it done it out look.

T rarely gets her bloomers in a twist, though she is never a dull ride. It saddens me to see her losing some of her condition, as I'm just not able to ride as I normally would be right now. But she is very happy roaming her pastures and being in her mind "retired"! Poor dear, wait till she finds out that she isn't! That will make for an interesting "discussion" when the time comes! LOL!

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post #6 of 11 Old 05-29-2010, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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Haha, that is precisely the mindset Kody is in a bit at the moment. He has been a pasture puff for the last few months while I fed him up a bit, got him wormed and got his feet done. Then I brought him a while back and took him for a bit of a ride and realised he was the ideal beginner's horse and so now here he is working 3 days a week after having 3 and a half months off! He's seems to be enjoying himself though, he sticks his head in the halter when I go to get him and is all too happy to come up and do some work.

He will also be the horse my partner gets on when he comes home, so he will be getting walk/trot work then, so that should help with muscle tone a bit more too. He has certainly got plenty of life left in him!

Thanks M2G. He's definitely worth his weight in gold!

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post #7 of 11 Old 05-29-2010, 11:20 AM
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Yay for another old timer! He's looking really great!

There is just something about older horses that just gets me, they just have an air of maturity or something. And I love how so many of them have real personalities. They can be so quirky! And he definitely looks like an adorably quirky guy. Heehee

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post #8 of 11 Old 05-29-2010, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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Haha! Kody is definitely full of personality! He is hilarious to watch in the paddock, coz although he is in the middle of the herd pecking order, he wanders around and will flatten his ears at whichever horse comes near him. If it's one of the 2 above him in the order they'll glare at him to which you can almost see him going "KIDS!" as he plods away.

Such a grumpy old man, but just so lovable and sweet! Haha

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post #9 of 11 Old 05-30-2010, 09:04 PM
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He really reminds me of our old guy we lost years ago.
I love his face! He seems like a really kind man! :)

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post #10 of 11 Old 05-31-2010, 09:30 AM
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He's absolutely beautiful, and does not look his age :) My fellow is 21 as well, he just turned this april.

You have an amazing horse in your life, thanks for sharing :)

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