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        08-23-2009, 09:33 PM
    What'cha Guys think of this girl?

    You've probably heard from me before, but heres some pictures (Ive never done this before). I know she's a bit on the chubby side, but we have to offer lots of food or the others won;t eat. She's been actually jumping for about a week, Do you have suggestions on what I can help her with?

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        08-23-2009, 09:35 PM
    I forgot to add, she's eight years old, quarterhorse mare. She was professionally trained 6 years ago, but has been a pasture pony since. I just started working her in March, and is doing quite well.
        08-24-2009, 01:20 AM
    It looks like she's a fun pony. If your just having fun with her I would start by triming her feet. Her toes are too long and her heel is very low to the ground. I also don't think she's chubby at all! She looks like she has a very healthy weight. Also, the 3rd picture looks like she is being a bit fussy with her bit. Try either changing the bit to something softer or use a flash.
        08-24-2009, 08:41 AM
    I think she's in good weight. Agree with Pacifica about her feet.
        08-24-2009, 11:52 AM
    Her feet have been done since these pictures. Sorry I didnt add that earlier. They grow really fast and they are hard to keep up with. They are very solid and do not break at all.
        09-10-2009, 12:13 AM
    A trim for her feet would be a nice start.
        09-10-2009, 12:57 AM
    Trim her feet. Put horse boots on her legs. Wear proper riding breeches. Wear a helmet. Do you need that strong a bit? She seems unhappy with it, you should try a gentler bit. Have a relaxed seat when you ride her, you seem to be tense and arching. If you have a relaxed seat and back it will help her back relax as well. You also seem to be pulling back too much with the reins on the flat and she is hollowed out. Also, shorten your stirrups ESPECIALLY when you are jumping. Double check her saddle fits with a professional. When you jump, you shouldn't be standing that far up her neck for that height of a jump. All I can think of right now.
        09-10-2009, 01:04 AM
    She said the horses hooves have been trimmed since then.
        09-11-2009, 12:52 AM
    Looks a little weak in the pasterns, nice body condition though! And don't worry about wearing "proper riding breeches", as long as you have proper riding shoes your pants don't matter unless you show. Just be safe and have fun!
        09-11-2009, 01:06 AM
    Originally Posted by 250girl    
    And don't worry about wearing "proper riding breeches", as long as you have proper riding shoes your pants don't matter unless you show. Just be safe and have fun!
    I agree with the 'don't worry about breeches' comment, but proper riding shoes?? I better not send in any pics of me riding barefoot & in a skirt, 'side saddle' on a stock saddle then!

    Re her feet & comments about weak pasterns & heels too close to the ground, IME the closer to the ground the heels are the better *generally*, but the appearance of weak pasterns is probably because her heels are actually long there, but underslung(crushed forward), and because the toes are so long. Hopefully this is on the way to being resolved, but it will likely not be fixable in one *good* trim. While 6-weekly trims are the average, remember they're just that - an average. Many horses need more frequent trimming.

    I'm a hoof care practitioner & there are other hoof-sperts here too, so if you want some critiques on her feet post-trim, send us some piccies.

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