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post #1 of 11 Old 12-31-2009, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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Critique my mare

Here's my 4 year old OTTB mare, Romantic Lyric (aka Lyra). I bought her in August. She was severely underweight, and now she's put on a couple hundred pounds, but still needs to gain some more weight and a whole lot more muscle. I don't have a really good conformation shot, but I was hoping that you guys could do the best with what I have. You can critique my riding if you want, but I'd prefer if you concentrated on her. But keep in mind, I'm the person riding her in the photo; the person riding her in the video is not me.

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post #2 of 11 Old 12-31-2009, 11:12 PM
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Holy worm belly! She definitely needs to be dewormed, that really strikes me. She's super ribby but has that worm belly... needs to gain some more weight, but she won't without being dewormed.

Otherwise she looks cute, looks like she has a daisycutter trot. Super cute face. She'd look much better after being dewormed! [=
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post #3 of 11 Old 01-01-2010, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I do love her trot. I could post it all day. I wormed her about a month ago. All of these pictures were taken before she was wormed. This is the most recent one I have of her after she was wormed, but it's definitely not a conformation shot.

Well, and this one...

I'm sorry. I've waited 21 years for my first horse, and so now that I've got her, I can't help but gush whenever I get to talk about her.

She's come a long way since I first got her. You could cut a steak with her withers. In fact, the previous owner had used an ill-fitting saddle on her and rubbed a large spot raw on her withers. I've done pretty much all of her training, when I got her she was broke to walk/trot, and weirdly enough, wouldn't pick up her left lead to save her life. It was so strange because normally racehorses have major problems with their right lead, not their left. We've still got a long way to go, but I'm pretty proud of our progress so far. By the way, the jump she canters in the video is her cantering her first vertical ever, and she had cantered her first jump ever with me only hours earlier. So I was pretty impressed...and happy I didn't fall off too!

One last question, and this could be for anyone: Do I look too big for her? I'm 5'10", but I'm only 110 lbs, so I don't feel huge on her, but I thought I'd see what everyone else thinks.

Your horse is very cute too!
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post #4 of 11 Old 01-01-2010, 12:31 AM
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Your definatly not to heavy for her!lol. If you want to know, just go to this thread, and see how tall everyone else's is. You look fine. Your feet don't go beneath her stomach, and it wouldnt matter that much, right? You love her, a lot by the looks of the pics! Good Luck with her! :) Happy New Year!
Oh, and her face is beautiful. In the second pic, her neck looks a little weird. I can't quite put my finger on it,though. :)

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post #5 of 11 Old 01-01-2010, 05:19 AM
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Thunder i think it because she just has no muscle on her neck?
But very pretty and your not to big for her at all, your tall but theres not much to you! haha

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post #6 of 11 Old 01-01-2010, 10:32 AM
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Yep with some more muscle her neck will be fine. I think she's not a bad put together mare.

You guys look good together.
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post #7 of 11 Old 01-01-2010, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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I am definitely trying to work on building her muscle up. It's difficult, because I have to keep her at home while I go to college and the place I keep her at only has an outdoor arena, but I'm trying. =)
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post #8 of 11 Old 01-01-2010, 09:55 PM
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She's gonna be super cute and quite an catcher hen she has weight and muscle:) good luck!

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post #9 of 11 Old 01-02-2010, 03:36 AM
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I agree she will be nice looking when she has more weight on her. I think she needs about 100lbs or so. It will make her neck a bit thicker and fit her body. She appears to have thin legs so I'd be careful with her. I'd also suggest getting ahold of your vet and asking about doing a powerpack worming on her. She needs it.
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post #10 of 11 Old 01-03-2010, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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She does seems to have thinner legs, but in general she's a more fine-boned horse, so I think they don't look too awkward on her. When you say "be careful" do you mean be careful what you do with her (like jumping) or be careful with them in general (like making sure to polo wrap them)?

I do polo wrap them and use boots, and I don't jump her very frequently right now because we're still working on the basics and she's still on the young side (just turned five - thoroughbred).
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