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post #1 of 10 Old 04-18-2009, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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I was finally able to get a few pics of me riding as well as some conformation pics. I'm particularly interested in knowing what you guys think about his straight back legs and how much a role their going to play in how much I'll be able to improve his trot and ability to track up.
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post #2 of 10 Old 04-18-2009, 10:22 PM
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As far as your riding goes you look like you have a good seat. Your foot is in the stirrup a little more than I'd like to see (you should be riding on the ball of your foot/ the pad right behind you toes) and your heal has come up a little. It looks like you may be lugging on you horses mouth a little in the canter, you heel has come up and your riding with more forward seat that is pushing your leg back. But over all you look good, these are all small things that can be fixed with time in the saddle.
As for his straight legs, (aka camped out) it may cause rougher gaits, especially the trot, and it may hinder his ability to get his legs under himself for collection. (He looks almost cow hocked but it may just be the way you have him set up? If he is this places strain on inside of the leg and can cause bone spavin. Hind legs will moves upward and outward - not straight ahead).

Over all he is a beautiful gelding and I love the soft gentle look he has to his eyes. You two look like a good team!

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immeasureable, and grace unlike any other, still remains humble enough to carry a man upon his back.-Amber Senti
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post #3 of 10 Old 04-18-2009, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, the picture from behind took me by surprise. I don't know if he normally stands like that or not. I'm going to be staring at his butt for the next few weeks trying to figure it out!

I usually have my foot a tad more "home" for flat work. The reason being that I try to ride with my stirrups a hair too long, so I'll be more sensitive to if I'm unbalanced. The stirrups are pretty much there for backup.

Thanks for the input.
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post #4 of 10 Old 04-18-2009, 10:36 PM
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I think Puck is perfect. Maybe that's because I know him personally, however....

I've spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I've just wasted.
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post #5 of 10 Old 04-20-2009, 09:02 PM
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bumping this....come on, people, jump in!

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post #6 of 10 Old 04-20-2009, 10:51 PM
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I like him! He is a bit post-legged in the hinds, like you said, and has rather upright pasterns in the hinds. He needs more muscle, but that will come with time, and I would like to see a little more weight on him, although having said that I don't think he's thin - I just like to see them a little chubby, esp. The TBs as they're naturally lean anyway.
But he is a handsome boy, and like HorseLover said, he has really soft eyes. Is he an OTTB?
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post #7 of 10 Old 04-21-2009, 09:51 AM
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I don't like doing conformation critiques because I'm convinced any horse can be better than his genetics but anyway...I have to comment I LOVE YOUR FACILITIES! Beautiful post and rail fencing...GORGEOUS grass...and is that rubber composite footing in your arena!!! (I'm building my property right now and I am drooling.)
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post #8 of 10 Old 04-21-2009, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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Redhawk, yes he is an OTTB. He's actually fattened up considerable over the past year. He is severly parrot mouthed, so I know he doesn't absorb all the nutrition that he could simply because he can't chew as well. We work on his teeth a lot. I'm happy with his weight. As long as his energy level is good, I'm fine with a few ribs. Besides, I have tried every fat supplement on the planet and this is the best we can do.

Hotreddun, I'm sure my barn owners will appreciate your comment. It's a small, private barn where the home owners work full time and still run the place. They put a ton of effort into that ring. While the rubber is not as forgiving as a sand ring can be, it drains fantastically. When other sand rings are not rideable after a storm, we're all out there having fun.
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post #9 of 10 Old 04-21-2009, 07:03 PM
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I think corrective shoeing would help.

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post #10 of 10 Old 04-21-2009, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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The farrier was just out last week. He squared off his hind feet. Says that will make him more comfortable stepping under himself.
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