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post #1 of 8 Old 07-24-2009, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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Just for fun mostly. He may be retiring from racing soon due to the fact that he may not be able to handle the speed of racing anymore from trauma in the knee from a surgery to remove a chip. i may never do it, but juuuust in case, here are some pics.
(i know the last couple pics look a little funny, but its because hes standing on a little bit of a hill)
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post #2 of 8 Old 07-25-2009, 12:46 PM
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Nice uphill build. Dressage prospect?
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post #3 of 8 Old 07-25-2009, 04:08 PM
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There is something about his sides that I just don't like. Especially in the first picture. I don't know, it's just weird, lol. He could also use a little more muscling in the neck. Really cute, I love his mane. =]

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post #4 of 8 Old 07-25-2009, 05:20 PM
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I like how big around his legs are. Hes not so much short and stocky but he doesn't have those tooth pic legs like some TBs do.
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post #5 of 8 Old 07-25-2009, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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Nice uphill build. Dressage prospect?
ugh i LOVE dressage. i would love to learn dressage, unfortunately i know NOTHING about it as far as actually doing it. i would love to get into it, but i dont know anyone who even teaches it or anything. and ive even looking into just regular riding classes and they run about $40/hr and i just cant afford that
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There is something about his sides that I just don't like. Especially in the first picture. I don't know, it's just weird, lol. He could also use a little more muscling in the neck. Really cute, I love his mane. =]
hmm i dont know what to say about the sides... like hes too skinny maybe? i know he is thin, but he always has been. i think if he wasnt racing he would be fatter! lol

and with the neck, how would i do that? does that come with riding or something? remember he is a standardbred racehorse, so he pulls carts, most of his muscle is going to be in his legs and chest rather than head. their heads are checked up so they cant get them down and go head over heels, i think because of that, they dont get a lot of use of neck muscles.. maybe..? lol
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He looks really leggy, bt the knee chip might not help any :p. Id say hunter.
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post #8 of 8 Old 07-25-2009, 07:38 PM
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Books! There's tons you can learn from books. I just took my first formal dressage lesson last year and the guy thought I was 1st level. With an OTTB, you'll be doing the basics for a long time before you'd get to any fancy stuff, so you could get pretty far along with minimal formal training. A couple good books are Cross Training by Jane Savoie, Centered Riding by Sally Swift and a good website to start you off is The Art of Classical Riding--Dressage Training for Horse and Rider
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