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    08-05-2009, 02:13 AM
My first project

Growing up my family has had horses and I have occasionally rode them. However nothing more than a walk through the fields or up a trail near our stable. Recently I have gotten more into riding and decided that I wanted to buy a horse of my own to compliment some of the other great horses that we have. I shopped around and looked at a lot of great horses until I finally decided on a sweet little Palamino. When I looked at her had her in a pen with a halter and a set of reins. I did lots of circles and trotted the length of the pen before we put a saddle on her. She had absolutely no problem standing still it was getting her to go that was the issue. The owners said they were selling her for two reasons. One they wanted a faster horse and two because they only had one feeding stall and the other horse was the Alpha horse and wouldn't allow this horse to eat. As a result she is extremely skinny. After bringing her to her new home we have grained her a bit and fed her extensively. She still has a ways to go but with a little food in her she has spirited right up. On saturday I had her at a sprint across a field of ours. But I present to you "Jambers" (named after our waitress at Chili's the other night) Sorry about the bad pictures, we were trying to get a ride in before the sun went down and the light wasn't ideal. One is before and one is after the ride with medicine on her wounds. I will get better pictures up on Thursday. But let me know what you think and where I can improve her.
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    08-05-2009, 03:00 AM
Aw, she looks like a really sweet girl. Careful of the sore near her girth; you don't want the girth to rub it before it heals. Also, careful to not ride her too hard or long until she gains some weight and muscle. Sometimes just being able to move freely about the pasture will help with muscling up...especially if there is some sloping areas in the pasture.

Congratulations on your new gem!
    08-05-2009, 08:20 AM
She's very cute, but she's very skinny. Frankly I NEVER understood "alpha horse and wouldn't allow this horse to eat" excuse. Sounds just like very ignorant people to me...

Personally I wouldn't ride her till she'll gain more weight. You can always work from ground and start building confidence, trust, and partnership that way.

Good luck with her!
    08-05-2009, 10:44 AM
Green Broke
Well, thank goodness they are selling her - being in the hands of someone ignorant/lazy enough to let her condition deteriorate so badly because of an "alpha horse" excuse is not what she needs to live with.
    08-05-2009, 11:30 AM
Thanks for all of the compliments! Thought I would explain a few things a little more. Her previous owner had two pens, one for each horse and one feeding stall that was accessible to both horses. Unfortunately the one horse would boss the other horse around and not let it touch the feed. When I looked at her the first time she had a large sore on her right hind ankle from where the horse had kicked her through the gate. That was the first sore that needed mending. I as well don't understand why they were unable to create a better feeding situation for this horse.

The second sore, the one you can see on her back is a large bite that she recieved from one of our other horses when she was introduced to the fold. We kept her in a seperate pen for about 10 days to allow her to fatten up a bit and once we let her out with the other horses they began to establish their own pecking order and as a result she was bit (it was a very large bite actually! The mark is three to four inches across.) The horse that bit her was quickly put into his own seperate pen for a week and has now learned to settle down and respect the other horses. In fact he has now become the lowest one on the totem pole. The sore underneath the girth was my fault, each of my saddles all have 34" girths and as I have been fitting it to this horse I have quickly realized that she would benefit more from a 30" hence my local supply store has a 30" Professionals Choice cinch that should be arriving today or tommorow.
    08-05-2009, 11:50 AM
Green Broke
Thought I would explain a few things a little more. Her previous owner had two pens, one for each horse and one feeding stall that was accessible to both horses. Unfortunately the one horse would boss the other horse around and not let it touch the feed.
I stand by my comment regarding the previous owner. If he/she KNEW that this was occurring, they needed to take the time and make the effort to arrange something different rather than continue to allow it to happen.
    08-05-2009, 12:32 PM
My VERY alpha qh mare (who is also a fast eater) stands still and wait for my paint to finish her grain (I feed them on fence close to each other). One smack of the broom on her butt taught her a lesson that it's not ok to chase the paint away from the bucket. If one of the horses is so aggressive then they should of just feed other one in her paddock -locked-. Again, it's not an excuse for the horse to be in condition she's in.

I am glad you took her out of that place.
    08-05-2009, 02:56 PM
What a cute girl =) the biggest problem I see is her neck (besides the overall skinniness). She's got almost no muscle there so when you do start riding her make sure to start building some muscle back into her neck. It'll help with her bending, suppling and balance. Good luck with her! It looks like with a bit more weight and muscle you could have yourself a very cute, compact mare!
    08-05-2009, 05:00 PM
Sounds like she is perfect for you and you are perfect for her. You know what you need to do and she must be a confidence builder because you guys have come so far. I'm sure she will keep building your confidence as you build hers that you are going to make sure she is properly taken care of.
    08-06-2009, 11:31 AM
Once again thanks for the compliments and feedback. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to start building up the muscle? Ie. What type of training exercises I should be doing?

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