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post #11 of 27 Old 07-20-2009, 09:59 PM
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I always had a chain on my tb mare. She was race bred and trained, but never hit the track. I had it pass under the chin through the bottom metal circle, up through the right cheek metal, wrapped around the leather a couple times, back down through the left cheek metal, and hooked onto itself. Never had a problem with it, and only had to really use it a couple times, but she needed to have it on not cause she was a crazy horse, just because she thought she could get away with stuff on the ground, but if the chain was on she was perfect even if the lead wasn't clipped to the chain. I personally don't think he needs that much more weight, I personally don't see his ribs, the only thing I see is a lack of muscling which will be solved with work. He has more weight than I was ever able to keep on my mare. You could always see a rib or two on her, and the vet said that she was at a good weight in spite of that. He is a very cute horse. Makes me miss my tb.
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post #12 of 27 Old 07-20-2009, 10:04 PM
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Just looked up his pedigree, he has a lot of the same lines as my TB Lady Diamondo. And I forgot to clarify, in the pics of him being ridden, and after his bath, I don't see any ribs. In the second pic I can though. How far apart where the pics taken?
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post #13 of 27 Old 07-20-2009, 10:45 PM
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He is very handsome. My barrel trainer had a horse that when you go to cinch him, as soon as he felt the cinch start to get he would actomatically act like he was going down, just so that you would un due the cinch lol.

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post #14 of 27 Old 07-20-2009, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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I only used the chain that one time. Every time I would turn him out into the pasture before that he would try to run down the grass and it would pull my arm and stuff. So i used the chain that one time so he wouldnt pull as much and ever since that day he slowly walks down without a pull without a chain.

Those pictures aren't from too far apart. I think it just depends on how he stands really and the angle from where I took the picture. Whenever i go out there I never notice his ribs.
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post #15 of 27 Old 07-21-2009, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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Oh! I went back to check because the picture of Thunder standing where you could see his ribs and stuff were on my phone. Those pictures were actually on the same exact day so it had to of just been the way he was standing and the angle I took the picture from.
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post #16 of 27 Old 07-21-2009, 08:18 PM
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I only used the chain that one time. Every time I would turn him out into the pasture before that he would try to run down the grass and it would pull my arm and stuff. So i used the chain that one time so he wouldnt pull as much and ever since that day he slowly walks down without a pull without a chain.

Those pictures aren't from too far apart. I think it just depends on how he stands really and the angle from where I took the picture. Whenever i go out there I never notice his ribs.
Ahhh...I see...that's good to know! I don't like it when I see a horse having to use a chain, or other aids, just to keep it under control; it's like any other 'crutch' like whip or spur, over time...the more you rely on it, the more the horse has to rely on it; till you come to a point where you both 'feel' you 'have' to have it! I prefer to teach the horse to respond to a lighter pressure, before resorting to something like a chain or crop; and I get rid of the chain or crop as soon as I feel the horse is responding to my voice and leg, or just a light pressure on the halter, etc. No reason to rely on a chain, ever...JMHO.

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post #17 of 27 Old 07-21-2009, 08:28 PM
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Does he have pads on his feet? Some TBs have thin or sensitive soles. My OTTB did a lot better when we added pads. Maybe try them next shoeing. Cute horse, but then I'm a sucker for 16.2 geldings! Glad he's dispelling the myth for you about OTTBs being high strung. There's some really sweet ones out there as you're now finding out.
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post #18 of 27 Old 07-21-2009, 08:35 PM
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he's cute. looks chunky for a tb though! One of the girls I used to know at uni had a horse that would occasionally fake lameness under saddle but as soon as you set her free she would go trotting and cantering off perfectly. One dressage judge at a show described her as being "bridle lame".

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post #19 of 27 Old 07-22-2009, 09:02 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, right now he is barefoot. I went back out to the barn yesterday to look at him again and have my trainer look at him and she noticed something that I somehow didn't notice. He chipped the front of his left front hoof. So once his feet are long enough we are going to get shoes on him and see how that helps.

As of right now his feet are pretty much flat still but I've been putting Turpentine on them to help them grow. =) I guess until I can get shoes on him I'll just brush him and pamper him and make him feel good and then just let him go back to the pasture. =)
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post #20 of 27 Old 07-22-2009, 09:40 AM
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Wow...impressive bloodlines. He does look like a nice horse. Congrats. :)
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