Here is a little of his story, all sumed up of course. He is a 20 year old, 16hh, Canadian Thoroughbred gelding. His registered name is Soda Prince [you can look up his pedigree if you want], his show name is Nordic Juniper and his barn name is Junior. My friend bought him for $60 dollars from a place up near Canada, the family had left him in a stall and abused him for about a year before she found him. He was 300 pounds underweight, headshy, no hoof wall, standing in over a foot of manure. He had metal stuck under his eye from a feed bin that he had gotten his head stuck in. I met him only a few months after she got him and fell in love. I started riding him and we clicked perfectly. My friend now calls him mine and so do I. Other people ride him sometimes but I am the main person. He is incredibly sweet despite his past.
He was trained to race as a two year old, scratched from his maiden race and trained to be a 3 day eventer. He knows first level dressage, first level parelli, beginning barrels, beginning poles/gaming and has been jumped up to 5 feet. He doesn't act his age at all and the only problem he has is that he is slightly blind, but it doesn't hardly affect him. So anyway here he is!
When she first got him:
Him looking really pretty about 5 months after he was rescued.
Flat work pics: [chronological order]
Ok some jumping pics as well! [chronological order]
First time ever jumping for me.
First week of learning to jump.
Over the winter jumping, still learning.
From our show last weekend.
Some confo pics [also in chronological order]
Coming out of winter, he is a very hard keeper. As you can see in the show pictures he looks WAY better. This is just the most recent confo shot I have of him right now.
Videos [in chronological order]
Any critique is welcome except bashing me for his weight. As you can see it is getting back up. We have only had him for just barely a year. We got him in May and had no idea that he would drop weight like that once the cold weather hit. We do not abuse our horses, he was getting enough food for three horses and eating it all. We kept him blanketed as well and pulled him out of work for two months. He was just put back into work a month ago.
I would love critique on his conformation, the pictures are in chronological order from when we got him until now in each section, also critique on my riding would be great! Please only constructive comments no right out mean ones. I am a self taught rider, I had an emotionally abusive trained for a few years and he pretty much ruined all of my confidence, so I have been getting it back with Junior. Keep in mind the first pictures/videos of the sections are all older, the last pictures/videos are recent.
Thanks so much!