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post #1 of 12 Old 02-23-2011, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
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Question Your thoughts on my 7 yr old OTTB

Mouse has always been a very awkward looking pony-especially in pictures. He is 7 yrs old, and 16.3hh What are your thoughts? And I apologize in advance that the pictures are not very good, and I wont be able to take any new ones till the beginning of march since mouse is in aiken and I flew back home!






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post #2 of 12 Old 02-23-2011, 10:43 AM
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Really difficult to critque from these photos.. but I will say what I can see.

He has hocks that are nice and low to the ground and he has good bone. His hind leg looks like it might be a bit straight and I am wondering if his left knee has had an injury some where along the way. He is a bit long in the back and his neck seems a bit low set.

That being said, you are on him bareback, you have a cat on his head and a Papillon riding and he looks like a wonderful fun horse to live with. Trust me.. all the rest is 'fluff' if he is fun, sound and great to ride!

One thing concerns me.. the halter in the last photo is way too large and while it seems the rope he is tied with is too short for him to reach the ground, that halter is an accident waiting to happen (like a foot stuck in the nose band). It seems the same halter in the previous photo and it does not fit him right at all.

He is a nice horse.. get him a good halter! He deserves it.. especially if he is going to take that Pap in Lead Line classes! :)

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post #3 of 12 Old 02-23-2011, 10:59 AM
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I think he is a little long backed, but what excentuates it is his top line (and neck) is not very developed. Just my 2 cents. He is very cute though, really reminds me of my Commanding Bold boy.
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post #4 of 12 Old 02-23-2011, 11:12 AM
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OMG very beautiful pony <3
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post #5 of 12 Old 02-23-2011, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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One thing concerns me.. the halter in the last photo is way too large and while it seems the rope he is tied with is too short for him to reach the ground, that halter is an accident waiting to happen (like a foot stuck in the nose band). It seems the same halter in the previous photo and it does not fit him right at all.

He is a nice horse.. get him a good halter! He deserves it.. especially if he is going to take that Pap in Lead Line classes! :)
I know im going to sound defensive, but I swear im really not trying to!!! :)

I know his halter is too big, we have a different one for him, we just use this one to lead him in and out of the fields and use in the cross ties-nothing else, we just have a hard time finding a halter to fit is long and narrow head! Either too big or too small, very frustrating. And the reason he is tied a bit tight is because my trainer an I have been working on his ground manners since I usually tie him very long so he has been used to having "his" way and would never stand still, push me around, etc etc.

I did punch another hole in the crown piece on this halter later that day and rose it 2 holes higher( I had loosened it to clip under his chin and by his ears and in the picture, I forgot to raise it back up)

And yes he is an extremely good horse, I got lucky with him! He puts up with all my silly things I do with him whether it be putting a cat on his head, or jumping him bareback!
Thank you so much for your critques :)

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post #6 of 12 Old 02-23-2011, 11:36 AM
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He appears to have a cat growing on his neck and a dog rider. How many lessons has the pup had? Where is his helmet?!?!
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post #7 of 12 Old 02-23-2011, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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He appears to have a cat growing on his neck and a dog rider. How many lessons has the pup had? Where is his helmet?!?!
oh radar? He thinks he is too good for a helmet ;)

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post #8 of 12 Old 02-23-2011, 11:58 AM
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haha, how cute! He is a bit...funky looking- but alot of those OTTBs tend to look a bit strange since they're bred for speed, not looks xP if you work on muscling up his upper neck though, I think it would help his appearance a lot- especially if you'll be using him for cross country. It will change the way he hold himself quite a bit =] Looks like a fun horse! If I tried to put a cat on my filly's head, either the cat or I would end up broken in pieces on the ground!

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post #9 of 12 Old 02-23-2011, 05:50 PM
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Ya I love how good-natured he seems! Like has been said a couple times, he really needs some hard-core dressage work to teach him to carry himself and build up his topline...trotting/cantering slowly up hills will help with that too. I hate to say it but his muscle tone is very poor in the pictures, although his weight looks ok for a TB. But definitely log some hours in the dressage ring! :)

And lacyloo your comment cracked me up...

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post #10 of 12 Old 02-23-2011, 06:03 PM
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He's a cutie alright! But I have a bit of a soft spot for awkward ponies

I totally agree with the above posts-
He needs quite a bit of muscle, especially along his topline. He also has a bit of a 'hay belly' which is making his neck look even less developed than it probably is (just not proportionate!)
Again, some hill work, long trotting and work on building neck muscle would do this horse wonders.

That being said, he looks like a total sweetheart!
You're very lucky to have such a tolerant friend :)


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