I just thought I would update you guys/gals on this topic. If I remember this thread correctly I used some rather bad pictures of Bow post foaling (3 months) while she had her rather heavy belly still and poor hooves.
My mistake indeed. I should have waited a couple months later. I've spent the past two years working with her extensively on her handling, her weight, and her hooves. I jumped her quite a bit back in 2011 and her belly did shrink actually with the extra work. In 2012 I spent much of my summer trimming her hooves and correctly the damage done. (Tall heels, flares, overgrown bars, etc) I've worked with her quite a bit and have learned a lot.
Once we put our round pen back up I am planning on starting up work with her again on lunging, jumping, and ground driving. (I'm hoping that using a belly sweat will help some but it doesnt have to.) She's a heck of a mare; just not much to look at. Lmao
I will recap on our herd since when this thread was made there was a lot of drama with breeding. We sold our stallion April 2011 before our last foal was born. Our two younger males were gelded October 2010 and spring 2011. We only own two grown mares (ages 11 and 13), two geldings (ages 6 and 3), and two young fillies (ages 2 and 3). No breeding animals. I have no intention to breed my mares or younger fillies.
I do think that Bow has some dreadful conformation and should not be bred. That is why she will not be sold. I know what scares her (trailers, dogs, etc), her foaling past (one dwarf foal), and her conformational faults. If I were to sell her she would be bred for her color and produce colorful dwarves or conformational disasters. The foals she produced with us are not horrible, but not breeding quality.
An update on me, I am a senior in high school (graduating May 19th) and turn 18 in July. I am planning on attending college for Equine Management and then heading onto farrier school in either Kentucky, Missouri, or Oklahoma. Hooves fascinate me.
I will try to edit this with attachments of her foals and her.
Last edited by Tremor; 04-14-2013 at 04:57 PM.