Aww, thanks everyone! I think he's pretty cute too! He's got an excess of personality as well - he's hysterical.
Honeysuga - thanks, that's pretty much along the lines of what I was thinking. It's difficult to judge when he still has fat to come off, and muscle to be gained as well, you can't really measure by weight alone. I am just used to the fat QHs I have always had, and I am trying to get Claymore into shape where he can be really healthy and last a long time without obesity-related health issues - he's too big a horse to be carrying around much extra poundage. I'll just keep working him daily and see where we get by the end of summer. I have a lot of good suppleness/type exercises to do with him from the ground, but as for muscle building all I really know is riding, varying terrains, and lunging him. Do you have any suggestions for getting him conditioned?
(Also if anyone has any thoughts on how the saddle appears to fit him, I'd appreciate it! I haven't rode english since I was 10. It's a wide tree and to the best I can tell, based on my reasoning of how a western saddle fits, it seems to fit him surprisingly well, but I know there's more to it, my placement of the saddle might not be great etc. I'm grateful for any tips!)
Last edited by Indyhorse; 03-20-2010 at 09:23 AM.