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    05-19-2010, 06:26 PM
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Claymore - how's our progress?

Those who know me, know my gelding Claymore has been on a strict diet and trying to get in shape and better condition since I got him, almost a year ago now. I posted shots from when I first got him on here a while back, and since I see him everyday, I was hoping to get some thoughts on how he looks now, what we need to continue to work on, etc.

Right now he is being ridden daily when possible (weather has not been cooperating!), mostly at a trot and working up a good sweat. He is on hay and pasture, nothing else.

I swear every single picture I get of him he is standing under himself in the front - he does not do this normally!

And pretty sure Mercedes once asked for a dock to poll shot on him - he started turning his head last second though

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    05-20-2010, 12:52 AM
He's such a beautiful pony! He's looking great! Love that butt pic.....
    05-20-2010, 12:56 AM
Don't take it personally...I wanna bite his rump! He is sooo stinkin cute! He looks great to me but I prefer a horse with a lil 'chunk' to them...I feel it levels the playing field for me! He's definantly got some muscle to him! From what I can see, you are doing great!
    05-20-2010, 03:22 PM
I am in love... o.o

What breed is he? He is stunning!
    05-20-2010, 03:31 PM
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Thanks guys. Although he hasn't got the muscle "definition" to the level I'd like to see yet, with his build he might never achieve that. For now I'm very happy he has lost the majority of the excess poundage. He definitely feels a lot better, it shows in everything from his activities in the pasture (he now spends much of his time galloping around bucking and playing with my yearling) to how he rides (a million times more eager and forward - he's gone from having to drive him forward with constant leg cues to having to keep him in check and held back!) Improved hooves and training have a lot to do with that as well, but I sincerely believe his improved shape and not being so hugely obese plays a big part too.

Juna *lol* I was hoping with some weight lost he'd lost that "pony" look, but I don't think it's going to happen. He doesn't look that big without something to reference in the picture. He's only 16.2 ish HH, but he's built like a tank, he feels like a much bigger horse when you work with him.

Corinowalk - *lol* I know what you mean. I have a thing for chasing him around the pasture poking his rump spots.

Eventerwannabe - Thanks! He's no breed, he's a mutt. His dam was a paint/clydesdale and his sire was an appaloosa.
    05-20-2010, 04:25 PM
Oh, wow! 16.2? Then he's SUPER cool! *lol* I couldn't tell he was that big from the pics. Hehehehee. Beautiful guy.
    05-20-2010, 04:38 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Juna    
Oh, wow! 16.2? Then he's SUPER cool! *lol* I couldn't tell he was that big from the pics. Hehehehee. Beautiful guy.
He might even be a touch taller, I've never sticked him, just taped. The way he's built, he doesn't give that impression of being a larger horse until you get close to him. I mean, he's stocky, but doesn't look that tall. This is a bad picture, but it gives you the right idea - my ex-fiance standing next to him - my ex is 6'2". That's a 17.5 draft saddle on him in the picture, so it looks in size to him, although the saddle is huge too *lol*

    05-22-2010, 03:01 AM
I'd say he still needs some work, but I haven't seen any 'before' pics, so I am not sure just how far he's already come...he is stunning though, and looks like quite the gentle giant

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