Oh!!! I get it! The space between the hoof and the fetlock? The pastern??? The way it's sorta bent weird looking? My mare does that all the time. I think it's normal. It might be that you snapped the picture at the PERFECT moment and caught it. I only see it in pictures, I never see it when I'm watching her move in person because she moves too fast. LOL I wouldn't worry about it =D
And congradualations on your pregnancy!!! My trainer/best friend is pregnant too! It's really hard because she's a high risk pregnancy and on bed rest and Cricket is my first horse and I'm a paranoid wreck. I called her one day because she had a runny nose and I was like "Molly!!!! Cricket has a runny nose what do I do!!!" and Molly got all quiet she she goes, "Nicole... What did you do when Shrek had a runny nose? Wipe it on your jeans..." And I was like O_O Oh, duh!I'm a paranoid wreck.
But anyways, it's hard because Molly is on bedrest and can't do much of anything because of her pregnancy and I really wanted her to be there when I rode Cricket for the first time... And I sort of feel like I'm on my own now and she's always been there for me untill now. Sort of like walking me through. But it's good too because I need to do things on my own and she can't always be there to protect me, you know? I completely understand and I'm so happy for the baby (It's a girl and I love her very much. Me and Molly are really close...) But it feels weird to be on my own in a huge ranch I don't even know without my trainer! Lol I feel like its the first day of highschool all over again without my mommy! Oh boy. And of course I'm VERY intimidated because the ranch consists of mostly older, more experienced riders who have been working with horses their entire life... And here I am a sixteen-year-old girl who's been riding nine years and I look like a baby compaired to them. And I'm scared to do things around them because I'm afraid they'll get mad at me for some reason and critisize me really harshly. I'm all up for constructive critisism, but I've had a few horrible trainers in the past and I'm very self concious. Things go alot smoother when I don't think about it.
Scout is handsome! If he wants, he can be Cricket's boyfriend!!!!!! Sorry I hijacked your thread, I just got a bit carried away. As said, I'm exhausted. And I ramble when I'm exhausted... Like I'm doing now.
Haha, yah since I am only 9 weeks I want to take it easy till my 2nd trimester, well I mean I will take it easy then also, but I don't want to over exhaust myself. I would hate to be high risk and on bed rest. I really feel for Molly, that has to be so hard only because if she is as outdoors as I am, staying inside all day and everyday would make me go crazy, but I totally understand that it is best for the baby. :) How far along is she? Hopefully she doesn't have much longer to go so that way her bedrest can be over.
I am the same, even though I have been riding forever it seems, well since I was 13, I am now 24, I don't do well riding in front of others because I have never had lessons. I just rode, you know. Always on trails or cattle drives. I am not into all that fancy posture stuff and hold your hands like this and your heels this and such as. I have just rode and have been great and comfortable and that is the important part to me. If my horse and I are both comfortable, then I must be doing something right, lol. The only thing I have a hard time with now is that I used to always ride one handed, and with a young horse like Scout, you pretty much have to use 2 hands and a certain bit, so I am working on that, it is almost like learning to ride all over again, lol.
Yah, I love Scout so much, he is truly handsome to me. Yes he can be Cricket's boyfriend but he just might be too far, northern Cali. Considering he is a gelding all he can do is just cuddle up and sweet horse kisses. He LOVES other horses and doesn't have a mean bone in his body with them. He will even share his food, haha. Yah I am tired to but then again I just can't sleep.
Molly is 23, just a year younger. She's five months. Four months to go. It's really killing her. Mostly because she had to send her two horse Shrek and Ninja to South Carolina to her moms farm. That hit really hard for the both of us because she has always been "My horse is your horse," with her horses. So I got really attached to both of them.
I'm just like you! I ride because that's what I do. I used to do shows but I'm done with it. I did lessons, but I've had too many bad experiences and I'm quite fond of the "trainer" I have now. However she's more of a mentor. I went on a cattle drive a few times. Maybe cattle DRIVE isn't the best way to put it. I've moved cattle before! LOL It was fun. I wish I could find a place down here that had cattle again. However it was more like "Here are the moos in this pasture over THERE and we need to get them over ALL THE WAY OVER HERE across the ranch... Heres your lunches, have fun with the boys and don't get your asses hurt." It took us all day. So cattle drive as in hot cowboys, three days, a million cattle (of course I'm exagerating...) No... Huge ranch in the middle of nowhere, Six guys, and five in the morning with crappy peanut butter sandwhiches and a whole bunch of angry bovine... Cattle drive? No... But it was fun. =D
Yah, man she has a long ways to go on bedrest, poor girl. :( Whew, I will keep her in my thoughts for everything to go okay.
I really want to show, never have though which is why I guess I was seeing if Scout could possibly be show quality or atleast not far behind those who are. He seems to be in an awkward 2 yr old stage right now, or as some ppl tell me but I don't care, he is soooo Gorgeous in my eyes!! I love him so much.
Our cattle drives are over 3,000 acres. We have to seperate in groups and we round up the herd every spring and fall to move to different pastures. We have about 20 cattle trailers, about 5 are the big rigs, and it takes us about a week. Very fun and is the best camping I have ever done. Haha, when my daughter was 6 months old, I went but instead of riding a horse I put her in my front pack carrier and took her by quad. She had a blast. She has been an outdoors girl since the womb. :)
He is a very well put together boy. He is a little downhill but he will likely even up some as he matures. His shoulder and croup are at very nice angles and have good length. His legs appear to be nice and straight. I think the thing you noticed about his fetlocks dropping so low is that he has longer pasterns. It is a confo fault but nothing to really be concerned about. I prefer pasterns on the shorter side but that can make for a bumpy ride.
It is also common for the back of an empty saddle to bob in the trot and lope. Did their saddle not already have a cinch hobble on it? I thoroughly believe that every saddle with a back cinch should have them. The best length I have found is to have them hold still and attach it so that the back cinch will stay in the straight down position. Not to jump your thread or anything but here is an example.
Yah Scout is going to grow a little more I think since there is alot of 16hh and 16.2hh horses in his ped. He is already as tall as his sire right now. I am hoping that is the reason he is downhill right now is because he is only 2 and he still has some more to grow and even out.
She couldn't find the cinch hobble for her saddle so that is why she just used the twine. I knew she had cut it too short but we just wanted to lunge him and get some pictures so weren't really too worried. When I use my saddle I use my cinch hobble and it goes straight down like the picture you posted. I really appreciate your input though. :) Thanks. It's nice to know that ppl on here will let you know if something doesn't look right whether the OP is aware of it or not. :)