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    07-27-2011, 09:09 AM
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Good decision. I have had horses sent to me who were stunning lookers with every advantage great conformation can give. However, they lacked the desire to do the job and were found lacking.If they have no heart, there is little you can do. Luckily, this is not too common for me.

I would start by trying to build her top line. That would make a big visual difference. The new photos of her look much better with the better weight.

Good luck! Keep us updated on her progress. When she makes the cover of the Chronicle of the Horse, you can feel free to snicker at all of us!!
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    07-27-2011, 02:15 PM
It is as much a matter of the horse's heart than anything else. A horse with a strong heart and desire to please can overcome many obstacles. Would I openly seek a horse with that horse's conformation? No. However, if a horse like this found its way under my saddle and had the heart to go on...I would welcome it.
I love the way Allison put this. It was was I was trying to say, but Allison managed to put it better.

I have had many wonderful horses with less than ideal conformation, but becasue they loved their jobs, they were successful, and a few conformational beauties who were duds performance wise because they lacked the desire to please and the attitude.

I think analyzing conformation and what makes a equine athlete is fascinating; but conformation does not write the horse's destiny in stone: conditioning, training and heart all are factors.

I also agree that you can do a great deal with conditioning and training to improve her topline, and that's where I'd start.

And when she makes the cover of COTH, I'd also like a copy.
    08-30-2011, 12:34 AM
An update on Lady

Here is some updated photos of Lady - almost 2 months after the last ones were taken...

Excuse her dry/unhealthy looking coat, we are just coming into spring here and she is shedding big time (I can't wait to see what her summer coat looks like!)
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    10-02-2011, 08:51 PM
I have some more updated photos of Lady - her coat is about halfway shedded out (we moved interstate 4 weeks ago to a colder climate, so it seems to have stalled her progress a little)...

I think her tummy had dropped, and is looking more like what it should, and not looking so Herring Gutted...

What do you guys think?
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    10-02-2011, 09:11 PM
Omg, to me she looks a million times better. Great job with her!


And I love her foot/bone size!
    10-02-2011, 09:16 PM
Thanks Eliz, I've spent a lot of time and money working out her diet, and trying to sort out all her problems. I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel!

Its nice to know that I'm not the only one who thinks she has improved...
    10-02-2011, 09:36 PM
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She does look MUCH better. Now, we want to see under saddle pictures with you riding!!
    10-02-2011, 10:00 PM
Thanks Allison! I'm working on that! I have had to give her the last 2 months off with the big move, but now we are settled in, and with Daylight Savings starting over the weekend, I should have some time to get back in the saddle...
    10-03-2011, 01:25 AM
Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
You know I have been told so many times that my horse can't do this and that.. it's silly. That's like saying a short person can't run in a marathon cause they don't have long legs.

Sure there may be some preferences behind it.. but I'd say try it.. and if she doesn't love it then try something else :)

Everyone tells me my horse would be a perfect jumper cause of his large strong hind, but is he? Nah.. we just piddle around in the arena and on the trails.

I agree my horse is alittle post legged and he does everything I ask without difficulty

You know your horse, and you should always give it a go despite what it may or may not have.
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    10-03-2011, 06:17 AM
Agree that she looks tons better, and agree that you need to post under saddle pics!

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