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        12-02-2012, 08:00 PM
      #2541
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by countryryder    
    JustImagine,your guy is so cute! Or maybe I should say handsome.. :)
    Aww, thank you =]
    He gets called a girl a lot because I like to dress him up ;]

    Your appy baby is absolutely adorable, by the way! I've always had a soft spot for appys.
         
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        12-02-2012, 08:03 PM
      #2542
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by JustImagine    
    Aww, thank you =]
    He gets called a girl a lot because I like to dress him up ;]

    Your appy baby is absolutely adorable, by the way! I've always had a soft spot for appys.

    Thanks! She has the temperament to match her cuteness,she's such a sweet little thing. First Appy I've ever owned or worked with,and so far I'm impressed! :)
         
        12-02-2012, 08:08 PM
      #2543
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by countryryder    
    Thanks! She has the temperament to match her cuteness,she's such a sweet little thing. First Appy I've ever owned or worked with,and so far I'm impressed! :)
    Aww! I would love to own one some day. One of my friends at the barn I board at has a 30-something year old appy. Huge old man that used to be a hunter jumper, and you can tell he's built like one. He is so cute and fuzzy =]
         
        12-02-2012, 10:47 PM
      #2544
    Yearling
    Great pics CountryRyder. As soon as I saw them, I thought, "you must be in Alberta" because it's snowing like crazy in Edmonton right now!

    JustImagine - beautiful horse, Arabs have always been one of my favorite breeds!
         
        12-03-2012, 03:47 AM
      #2545
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    Welcome, JustImagine, and your Arab is very pretty! Arabs are among my favorite breeds and I plan on getting one myself at some point in my life. :)

    Snickers is such a goofball! I had a trail ride with him yesterday - our first ride after his abscesses - and I was planning to keep it light and easy, no strenous riding, at walk and trot only. So we're trotting down a nice little path and approaching a larger field which has fresh snow all over it, so I decide we should walk through it for safety reasons - if there were any holes, we wouldn't be able to see them. I cued Snickers to transition to a walk, but what do I get instead - he squeals gleefully, gives me a little buck (the "I'm so happy and full of energy!" kind) and off at canter he goes! LOL Slowed him down and walked over to a nearby dirt road to let him canter a little after all. :)
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        12-03-2012, 08:31 PM
      #2546
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Saranda    
    Welcome, JustImagine, and your Arab is very pretty! Arabs are among my favorite breeds and I plan on getting one myself at some point in my life. :)

    Snickers is such a goofball! I had a trail ride with him yesterday - our first ride after his abscesses - and I was planning to keep it light and easy, no strenous riding, at walk and trot only. So we're trotting down a nice little path and approaching a larger field which has fresh snow all over it, so I decide we should walk through it for safety reasons - if there were any holes, we wouldn't be able to see them. I cued Snickers to transition to a walk, but what do I get instead - he squeals gleefully, gives me a little buck (the "I'm so happy and full of energy!" kind) and off at canter he goes! LOL Slowed him down and walked over to a nearby dirt road to let him canter a little after all. :)
    Thank you! I absolutely adore arabs =]

    Your Snickers is adorable! He looks like a big boy =]
         
        12-04-2012, 01:27 AM
      #2547
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    If I'm not mistaken by the non-metric measurments, he's 16.2hh. He's definitely not a small horse, but around here that's a rather average size. :)
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        12-04-2012, 07:06 AM
      #2548
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Saranda    
    If I'm not mistaken by the non-metric measurments, he's 16.2hh. He's definitely not a small horse, but around here that's a rather average size. :)
    He probably just looks so big to me because my pony is 14.1 ;] Haha.
         
        12-04-2012, 07:13 AM
      #2549
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    Originally Posted by Saranda    
    If I'm not mistaken by the non-metric measurments, he's 16.2hh. He's definitely not a small horse, but around here that's a rather average size. :)
    He does tend to make himself look bigger than he is though! Mr Muscle!

    Brock looks really big by himself, but put him next to Benji (his 16.3hh TB paddock buddy) and he looks small again. He's 16hh, but has high neck carriage so tends to look down on everyone from a great height...and thus think himself incredibly important - Benji soon put him to rights!
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        12-04-2012, 07:41 AM
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    Well, his build is quite massive, as he's of a light draft type Latvian Warmblood - they are generally carriage horses - and he tends to look bigger than some horses who are lighter built, but actually higher than him.

    Smaller horses are cute. :) We have some around here, too - mostly they're trotters or trotter mixes or different, nice grade horses who happen to be smaller, and also some Arabs and Icelandics. I used to lease an adorable grade mare who was also not much larger than 14HH, and my BO has a smallish trotter gelding, who was ought to grow higher, but didn't. :)

    I've noticed that, compared to other countries where riding is popular, people in Latvia tend to spend much less attention to the breed of the horse and a good grade is just as good as a purebred horse with champion bloodlines. For example, for several horses in my barn the bloodlines are even unknown or just partially known, but they are still awesome horses.

    But maybe that's just the result of decades long backyard breeding and poorly financed breeding programs of our national breeds? A large part of the people really tends to be less than educated in the area of horse breeding, conformational pros and cons, horse trading, buying and so on...

    Or have I been mistaken and the breed of a horse is not that important in other countries too?
         

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