Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Southern Oregon
I knew someone would say sickle hocked, but I have no idea what it is.....please explain!!
He's skinny because he was really mal-nourished, and was half dead when they bought him - skin, bones, and fuzzy hair, with a ragged blanket on his back.
I stood on his back twice, but not for long - only to pose for a pic the first time, and the second time I was wearing different shoes, so I was only up there for half a second because I was slipping!! That would have really hurt.
I don't think he was worked with much before these people bought him, so he kinda got an upside-down neck.
I think the straight croup is an Arab trait, because he's a thouroughbred (explanation of his long back, which I like!)
In the second pic, he's resting his right-hind hoof, which is something he does all the time. And, there's a phone line running anong the ridge of his back - I don't know if you can all see it - but that makes him seem sway-backed to me, and because I was standing on his back made him hollow it out a bit.
Despite the steep shoulder, he loves to jump!! Pipes, bushes, logs, he'll jump anything below his knees when we gallop - he loves to run, too, being an ottb.
He is an absolute sweety!! He was really headshy when I first started riding him, and now he lets me brush flies off his face with my whip and he lets me touch his ears, which never happened when we first met.
I ride him in a running martingale, which really improves his headset. I have only been riding him since, oh, the beginning of summer, which seems like forever ago, but it really has only been about two months (seems like longer...).
Thanks, guys. I myself couldn't see anything drastic that couldn't be fixed, but I thought that was because I loved him to much to find his faults!
"Have You given the horse strength? Have You clothed his neck in thunder? Can you frighten him like a locust?
His majestic snorting strikes terror.He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength; Job 39:19...