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post #1 of 15 Old 02-10-2010, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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Please critique my new pony Bella!

Hey everyone it's been a while since I've been on here but I was hoping to get some critiques on my new Haflinger pony Bella. I brought her home in September and I have some pictures from before I got her/when I got her/over the past couple of months.

What I have noticed so far is that she toes out in the front and in the back (more so in the back). However, if I can get her to stand square, it is almost unnoticeable unless you are really looking. Unfortunately I have not had anyone I could have take the pictures for me so its hard to keep her from moving around. She tries to follow me as soon as I move away from her head (therefore hard to get her to stand still). As soon as the snow is gone I will see what I can do about getting some pictures of her squared up.

She also seems to be a little overweight (her nickname before I got her was the fat pony...). She currently gets free choice hay and Triple Crown Lite (one pound twice a day). She was originally getting the 12% supplement but that is very hard to get where I am located so she was switched to the Triple Crown Lite (all with the guidance/advice of the vet and a Triple Crown representative). Her previous owners mentioned that there is a slim possibility she may be pregnant and she does seem to have put on some weight (despite her being on a diet/being worked more consistently than she was before). What do you guys think based on the pictures? Might just be her winter coat. The vet is coming out to see her about another issue so we may do a PPE.

Some of them are just for fun but I'm putting them in chronological order...
Thanks in advance!

Before I got her:

The day she got to her new home:

Getting a bath:

Winter confo. shots:

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post #2 of 15 Old 02-10-2010, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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Snow day:

Bella in my backyard:

Sorry there are so many pictures and that they are so big!
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post #3 of 15 Old 02-10-2010, 01:50 PM
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aww shes a sweety, what are you going to do with her? i love the pics of her in the snow :)

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Thanks! She is by far the best pony I have ever worked with. She's about six years old and as close to bombproof as you can get. I mainly ride for pleasure, which was my intention when I got her but we may be entering some shows this spring just for fun! I mostly ride bareback just because I can and it has improved my seat/balance a lot. If I ride with a saddle it's usually western. We like to go out on the trails when it's nice. Ride english probably once or twice a week, with one of those times being to work on jumping. She is an extremely versatile little pony!
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post #5 of 15 Old 02-10-2010, 02:16 PM
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Who cares about her confo when your that cute.

Ponies typically carry a little weight. She does appear to have gained some though. Free choice hay could be the culprit but since previous owner thought she may be pregnant I would want that confirmed asap so proper care is given.
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post #6 of 15 Old 02-10-2010, 02:30 PM
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I adore haflingers. I think she's beautiful!!

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post #7 of 15 Old 02-10-2010, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
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churumbeque: Thank you! I laughed at your conformation comment. I would tend to agree :) As long as there is nothing majorly wrong with her I am not too worried about it. We are having the vet out ASAP for something else that has come up (not an emergency, just something that needs to be looked at) and will definitely have the vet check her out.

Plains Drifter: Thank you! She does not have the typical white markings on her face or legs as I have seen in other Haflingers and she is a slight bit darker than I am used to, but I love her! When it's warm enough I will clean her mane and tail and give her a bath and post new pics. It hasn't been warm enough since I brought her home to give her a full bath with shampoo and go all out on the mane and tail, but when her mane and tail are clean it is stunning!

This may be a fairly stupid question, but is there such a thing as an "at home" pregnancy test for horses?
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post #8 of 15 Old 02-10-2010, 04:03 PM
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There's WeeFoal, but that only works in a certain time frame.

If I could afford it, I'd run over there and snatch her up. ;)
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post #9 of 15 Old 02-10-2010, 04:08 PM
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If she has a foal, i call dibs
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post #10 of 15 Old 02-10-2010, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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vivache: I just walked three miles in the foot and a half of snow that's falling and put a padlock on her stall door!! :)

SydLovesJackers: You're going to have to fight my mom on that one!
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