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    05-28-2008, 11:20 AM
Critique my boy :D (pic heavy)

Yes I know I had this done a while ago, but that picture of him was a while ago and he was fat then so I thought I'd get a good confo shot of him recently and see what everyone things now.

I'm going to include the "before" picture and the "after" pictures. You can critique both...also please let me know what changes you see and what I should work on (muscle wise or toning).

Yes, he IS ribby (so please don't mention it) I am currently working on that hehe.

Oh, and also....if you say (for example) he needs more muscling in his forehand or more of a topline....PLEASE also give suggestions on how I can do that. Thankies

"Before" picture:

^^Taken 1/23/08 (first day as a horse owner hehe)

"After" picture:

(sorry you can't see the feet...if I backed up any further and dropped the line Sonny woul deither follow or run to the gate hehe)

(front legs...yes he's standing under himself...not sure if it's an actual flaw for him or just the way he stood hehe)

(he doesn't like his picture taken..."Mom you have too many of my already")

(with shiny hooves hehe)

No behind picture, sadly :(

Videos of movement:
(I think he's moving alot better than before...unless he's doing his slow western trot, his back feet land in the same spot (about) as his front feet did).



Trot and Canter (in roundpen)

Also, be him apart if you want. He's still the bestest horse in the world in my opinion and even if he turns out so lame that he can't be ridden anymore (only pasture sound) I defiantely won't sell him or put him down. He's mine till his last day

Thanks all in advance!!!
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    05-28-2008, 01:06 PM
No one?
    05-28-2008, 01:32 PM
Needs lots more muscling especially through the top line. Lots of work in a correct working frame will help this. Long and low will keep him supple and reaching for the bit with his whole body, while hill work will concentrate on that butt.
    05-28-2008, 01:36 PM
Yeah I know he needs work on the top line

When you say "long and low" do you mean like low headed western pleasure type thing?

I've been riding him with his head on the vertical and his back fairly rounded (but not all the way though). I haven't done much hill work because the only hill is all gravel at the moment...I might try blocking off one of the pastures and riding him up the hill there...maybe that would work
    05-28-2008, 01:37 PM
He is very nice I like Sonny, he looks in better shape than when you got him ;) Im not very good at critiqing but he has nice movement and quite a floatie trot :)
    05-28-2008, 01:39 PM
Originally Posted by moomoo
He is very nice I like Sonny, he looks in better shape than when you got him ;) Im not very good at critiqing but he has nice movement and quite a floatie trot :)
awww thanks Moomoo! Before I bought him he just sat in a pasture all day...he had zero endurance and zero energy....and now omg he's fast and just wants to go hehe.
I've tried critiquing Sonny...but I'm not good at critiquing my horse...he's perfect to me hehe
    05-28-2008, 01:56 PM
Banned's a pic so you can see his neck better

Do you think his back looks a little long? Maybe it's just the camera or something
    05-28-2008, 03:49 PM
Long and low is defintely not western headset!!

You have to get the horse working in a proper frame, that is, moving actively off of inside leg into an outside rein contact. Slowly lengthen the inside rein while STILL keeping contact. If you totally drop that rein contact, then the whole exercise is worthless. You want your horse to push his head and neck down searching for that outside contact. Since his head and neck is stretched down and relaxed, his back will round and come up allowing his stride to become sweeping and allowing his hind to really reach under. His whole frame will strentghen but at the same time remain supple.
    05-28-2008, 05:16 PM
Well he is really skinny!! Well it might just be me because we keep our horses a lil on the chunky side. But I don't like to see horses ribs showing..... That scared me a bit.
    05-28-2008, 10:11 PM
Originally Posted by paws
well he is really skinny!! Well it might just be me because we keep our horses a lil on the chunky side. But I don't like to see horses ribs showing..... That scared me a bit.
I know he is skinny...and I said I was working on it....he's just not gaining weight for some reason...he's already getting 1 or more bales of hay a day

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