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        08-28-2012, 10:35 PM
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    ROFL, Dreamcatcher...I looked at this pic and all I could think of was of that SmartPak ad about how one-size-doesn't-fit-all and it's got a massive horse wearing a mini saddle...
    LOL! And you are righter than you know! He was 14.1, weighed 1650 lbs and wore an 84" blanket. He made me buy a 50 inch girth and then I bought a 7" girth extender! And he STAYED that size til he was in his LATE 20's. He was at least 25 before I could just use the 50" girth, I think 28 when he finally was down to a 48 and probably 30 when he got into a 46. When he died he still weighed 1050 lbs. He looked good for an old fart but yeah, that little saddle sure made his butt look big! Oh wait, his butt WAS big!

    One day, I think he was about 10-ish, my trainer hopped on him and said, "HOLEY MOLEY he doesn't have withers, he's got shoulders like a friggin' bull!". That was Lucky. We used to laugh if I forgot to tighten the girth after I rode for about 30 mins, because he'd go around a corner sharp and whoooops! The saddle would slip around to his side and I'd get dumped. It was CRUCIAL to tighten that girth.
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        08-29-2012, 12:07 PM
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    Yearling
    You are very well correct about all that you've said you guys.
    I actually talked with my dad, and he said I could keep my filly at his property for free, which helps me enormously so I don't need to worry to much about finances when it comes to board costs other than Demitri but that doesnt worry me.

    Punkstank. I can keep him but yes it was my concern of him not being around long. Thank you for the suggestions! I'll definitely try the treat trick.
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