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        09-27-2009, 08:38 PM
    Confo. critique/ discipline suggestions?

    So I'm trying to decide what I want to train my horse in. He's a little far off from actual work yet, I'm still trying to get him in to a collected canter and work on him being a little bit ring sour (He thinks once around the rails is all he needs to do and then he plants himself at the gate). I ride Western, but my barn is a mostly English barn and I'm open to learning. The only thing I'm not interested in doing is Dressage, just because it doesn't appeal to me at all. Sorry his head got cut off in that one picture, he tossed his head at the last minute.

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        09-27-2009, 09:14 PM
    Cute boy. A little skinny, but then so is my TB. If he's ring sour, any chance you can work with him outside of the ring to clear the cobwebs out of his head? I'm no conformation expert, but he looks like he'd make a nice dressage horse or maybe jumper.
        09-27-2009, 10:54 PM
    I'd concentrate on trail riding, or something like that to clear his head before concentrating on ring work again. Just a thought...
        09-27-2009, 11:34 PM
    I agree with the getting out of the arena if possible! And that he needs weight ... what did he do before you had him?
        09-27-2009, 11:35 PM
    Alright, maybe I should give a bit of a story on him? Lol. He's an 11 y/o OTTB, off the track for a year in 24/7 turnout and no work until I got him a few months ago. I assumed he wouldn't know anything about being a normal horse and was surprised to find out he knows a lot of random things. So I've kind of been working around what he knows and teaching him the stuff he doesn't, with no real clear goal in mind. But I think if I have something to work towards it will get me on the right track, as far as setting up training goals. Trail riding is something I want to do with him, but he's a pretty smart guy, so I want to give him something that will work his brain a little bit and make him feel like he has a purpose. I think part of the ring sourness is that he knows what I'm going to do, and none of it is very enjoyable according to him, so he just plants his feet and says "I'd rather be eating...." So he's never really been in a ring, especially not an extra large rodeo ring like my barn has.

    But like I said, I'm just looking for suggestions so I can set up some goals for us instead of puttering around....

    As for the weight, that pic of him facing right just happens to be his skinny side....on the left you can see he doesn't have the ribby look. I don't want him to be a whole lot fatter than he is now, just because it would look wierd with his small frame, but I definitely am looking to build up his muscle mass.
        09-27-2009, 11:59 PM
    It looks like he needs a LOT more muscle over his neck, and possibly a little more weight. Conformation-wise, he looks like he has a nice uphill build with a good shoulder and hip, and very correct withers. His hind legs look powerful and he has a nice angle in the pasterns on his forelegs. He looks a little low in his hind heels though. That can usually be fixed with proper trimming. My suggestion would be to point him towards hunter jumping - all that power in the hind end would make it a good, interesting sport for him (might make him like the ring better!) and it would make an easy switch from western for you. Hope that helps!
        09-28-2009, 09:54 AM
    I agree with everyones posts. He needs muscle.alot of muscle.and if he builds up muscle I don't think he would look as funny if he gained weight youlld have a muscular horse with some weight and he wont look so "bony" you could say I suppose.

    As for critique...i think his neck is a bit long and thin. Very thoroughbred looking horse..obviousely.

    Im not trying to pick you apart im just saying weight and musclewould do nothing but benefit him. Lots of hill work :) goodluck!
        09-28-2009, 10:40 AM
    Haha, well I agree with everyone as well. But I live in Florida, and there aren't a lot of hills here, or any kind of muscle-building inclines....any suggestions for muscle-building flat work? I already lunge him, but that's limited work. I'm considering buying a set of draw reins, would that help, or would that just build his topline?
        09-28-2009, 11:18 AM
    Lots of trotting helps ...

    What if you do trail classes with him? I saw some trail classes for the first time a few weeks ago and it looks like it keeps the horse busy and really working/listening to you. Since you want to do trail riding this is just another step up and it has things to keep his mind working and learning. Just a thought :)
        09-28-2009, 03:48 PM
    Work him on the trail.. I know you said you didn't like dressage, but making dressage moves on the trail, maybe jump a bit if there's any trail with natural obstacles on it, or so on. Just because you're outside the pen doesn't mean he won't have to focus on what he's doing :)
    Ride off road if you can, that keeps both body and head occupied.

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