I'm going to start a journal so I stop crowding up the boards with my posts! However, I wanted to post this here because I am looking for a serious critique on my new girl.
I had fully intended to show up with nice conformation photo's, but Stormy had other ideas about that! I don't know if the horse has ever stood square in her life, and it was definitely something I should have attempted with a helper. As I won't be able to receive any help for awhile, these will have to do for now.
Before Stormy, I had decided to just ride for pleasure. Mainly western riding, trails, and backyard fun. Since i've had her, something about her has made my heart ache for dressage and fences. It's crazy because I never saw myself returning to serious English riding. I feel like i'm in a foreign country in the English saddle, so i've signed myself up for a few refresher lessons at a local show barn. I haven't popped over a fence in years.
Now, granted, Stormy is an OTTB. She's got her quirks, and i'm learning more about her every single day. I want to hear what you think of her, what you find for flaws, and what you think she'll excel at. I know any horse can do dressage, but not every horse can jump - or jump well at any rate.
Just in the week i've had her, she has shown considerable improvement in many ways. I'll write more about that in the journal thread i'm going to start.
*I think one of the problems with her today was that she just had shoes removed a few days ago and I think she's kind of ouchy - she didn't want to stand still at all! Please do what you can with the photo's, between her moving around (I don't have cross ties) and the camera trying to battle the dark barn, we had a hard time.*
Her registered name is Stormy Cassette. Here is her pedigree. She stands 16.2 hands (she measured 16.3 the first time, operator error somewhere there lol).
(Ignore the four wheeler that has taken up residence in my barn - i'm not sure what the guys enjoy more - tearing apart the four wheeler, or annoying me by doing so in my space)
Some in work!
First day of work:
Most recent - less than a week - keep in mind she's fresh off the track:
The only thing i'm doing with her now is mainly groundwork, learning her manners, teaching her she *can* walk and trot nicely, we don't have to be uptight all the time, there is another gait besides gallop, etc. I just want to know what you all think of her confo and how she moves now. I haven't got recent pictures, she's learning the cues for walk/trot/whoa. Today she didn't even break into the canter once, which is a HUGE huge huge improvement - again, more on that in my soon-to-come journal!