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post #1 of 18 Old 05-17-2009, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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What do you think of my mare? (after 8 months off)

Hello there!
Ok, so a little background before you tear her apart. lol :) She is a 7yr old Appaloosa mare, I bought her when she was 6 and trained her by myself, etc. Back in September she had a horrific accident that tore her leg and pretty much crippled her. She had surgery and all that stuff, she was also on stall rest for this whole entire time...about a month ago I was allowed to start walking her and getting her back into shape. I am very very happy with how she has come along.

She really has very little muscle tone right now as we are just starting to work again. I would love any and all input on excercies that could hep with this!

We are Dressage hopefulls...as odd as that may sound since she's an appy :) lol. We had beautiful CORRECT collection befor eshe got hurt...now we gotta start slow again...but we'll get there again!!

We have gone from the vet recommending to put her down to being able to walk/trot again and the surgeon is positive that she will be 100% rideable and sound for goo :)

ANYWAYS! sorry for the ramble...this is Christy:

I built my own version of the "Pessoa Training System" so that's what that odd contraption is. The draw reins also. They are both very very loose, as you will see. I have a TON of pics with her head up and loking around if you need proof haha. These are my favorites:


I am open to all critiques. Be as harsh as you want. We are not about to be 4th level superstars so I'm not too worried about being up there...she is my busted little pony :)

Again, any input is alway appreciated. I will post a picture of her knee below in case some of you are wondering why she has a red wrap :)

this is why:

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post #2 of 18 Old 05-17-2009, 08:24 PM
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I can see why you want to do Dressage on her! She has some really nice movement, and I have to say, I dislike Appaloosa's in general, but she is absolutely gorgeous!

I also want to commend you on knowing how to bring a horse through an injury RIGHT. She looks absolutely fantastic, perfect weight, beautiful glossy coat, you'd never guess she's been out for so long!
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post #3 of 18 Old 05-17-2009, 08:25 PM
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no critique here. But i have to say- i LOVE her coloring! from what I see, she is going to be a great dressage mount!

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post #4 of 18 Old 05-17-2009, 08:58 PM
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The fact she's even doing this is AMAZING :)
best of luck with her
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post #5 of 18 Old 05-17-2009, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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Awww...thanks for all the nice comments guys :) I really appreciate that. We've gone through A LOT of ups and downs. Like I said, going form the vet wanting to put her down to this just made my decade! lol. Everyone but me was so negative about her injury...but we did it!

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post #6 of 18 Old 05-18-2009, 01:20 AM
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All i have to say is she is the most amazing lookinf appy i have ever seen..LOVE her coloring
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post #7 of 18 Old 05-18-2009, 01:44 AM
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No critique for me, except to say that she is quite stunning. What a long mane and tail on her for an app! I don't see that very often. Lovely girl.
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post #8 of 18 Old 05-18-2009, 02:36 AM
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you have done such a fantastic job with her! she looks great and very nice with the dressage!

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post #9 of 18 Old 05-18-2009, 02:40 PM
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she is a nice looking girl, cool color pattern to!

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post #10 of 18 Old 05-18-2009, 06:39 PM
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I can't critique on the dressage aspect of it, but I had to share that 1 year ago (on the 26th, in fact) my mare, Bella was viciously attacked on her hind leg. We just do trail & pasture riding, but I was devastated when the vet stuck his finger in her leg, touched her bone & said "more than likely you will never be able to ride her again." I did what I could & then let Mother Nature take over. 1 year later, she is a ridable horse.

Amazing what can happen when there is love there! I can tell you love this beauty, and I wish you all the best! Maybe I'll see you on my television screen one day...

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