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post #1 of 10 Old 06-23-2011, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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Sparta update!

so yesterday we saddled up my boy for the first time, he took to it so well and nothing bothered him. so we took him on a short little ride (ponying sparta!) i think he felt like a big boy lol. we were going through a nearby neighborhood and something spooked all the horses, except sparta. they all freaked out and bolted forward a few steps and sparta was back behind us like " omg whats wrong with you guys!?"

anyway here are the updated pictures, excuses his tummy, we were on a bad worming schedule but we got it straightened out and his tumy is slowly shrinking up to where it should be. also when he was younger someone mentioned he may not be sound long, and definitely not for jumping unless his pasterns straightenened out some, so how are those looking now?

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post #2 of 10 Old 06-23-2011, 10:53 AM
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awe he looks so cute. what a handsom guy :)
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post #3 of 10 Old 06-23-2011, 10:55 AM
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His back legs do look a tad funny.. What color is he? I've always wondered.
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post #4 of 10 Old 06-23-2011, 10:57 AM
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He looks real worried!!
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post #5 of 10 Old 06-23-2011, 10:58 AM
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Aww. That saddle looks huge because he's so little. Cute!
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post #6 of 10 Old 06-23-2011, 11:09 AM
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He's like, a month older than Finn, right?

I have started Finn under saddle too, but Finn's body is much better prepared to carry weight at this point. I am not sure I would be riding Sparta with how small and under-developed he still looks. I am glad you have finally started addressing the worm concerns I expressed to you over a year ago, but my guess at this point is Sparta might have some stunted growth from carrying around such a large worm load for so long. You might want to give him another year, a good, healthy, worm free year, before you start backing him. Just a suggestion.

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post #7 of 10 Old 06-23-2011, 11:18 AM
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Isn't he a yearling? Why are you putting a heavy Western saddle on a yearling?

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post #8 of 10 Old 06-23-2011, 11:18 AM
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Wait a minute, no. I am wrong.... He was born a month before Fiona, not Finn, right? So he is just a little over a yearling, like, 15-16 months old?

Don't get in a hurry. Nothing wrong with ponying him around the neighborhood, but I would not do so in such a poorly fitting saddle. I was saddling Finn in his yearling year (with a light-weight english saddle, mind you) but the one you have on Sparta in those pictures really isn't doing him any favors, it's so large and poorly fitting on him. I appreciate it's a synthetic and so therefore it's light, but you don't want to cause problems either I am sure.

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post #9 of 10 Old 06-23-2011, 11:23 AM
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I agree with Indy about giving him some more time to get healthy before doing much with him. He certainly still looks very young, like he needs some time to mature.

I would be even more inclined to hold off on backing him with those legs. They don't look great and I would be concerned about doing even more damage to them.

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post #10 of 10 Old 06-23-2011, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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well i definitely am not riding him, and he only had the saddle on 30 minutes tops because it was going to storm, as well as the saddle weighs about 12 pounds. it's not something i do daily just the first time, and indy i did address the worm situation last year, but apparently i wasn't using the right wormers at the right times of the year, i did worm him every month up to a few months ago like your suposed to do with babies but doing the wrong wormer at the wrong time wasn't helping his case any, finally got it straightened out though. and he born March 9th, 2010 so that makes him about 13 months old. i don't intend on riding him once he turns 2, i believe in waiting until they are 3 before riding them, he for one needs time to mature but his body is just terrible for conformation, he's got such cow hocked legs that they almost touch when he's standing which is just sad. that and he has never gotten to be a baby, he's just acted grown up from the start, never goofing off like a baby should lol

as for color i just call him brown, or seal brown.

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