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    10-05-2009, 01:52 AM
Aww what cute tb's :)

I also have a 5 yr old ottb (just hit 5 last week) .. had him since Dec last year :)
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    10-05-2009, 07:59 AM
Thank you! She is slowly gaining I don't want to pump her too fast plus she is is sort of a nibbler she gets all she can eat hay, grain 2 x a day and she is out to pasture with grass most of the day. I am really cautions on feeding her too high a feed as she is really calm now and I kind of like to keep her that way. I plan on going to Quarter Horse congress and getting some COCASOYA I have read great things about the soy oil and it doesn't make your horse hot but adds weight great! So by next spring she should look lovely.
    10-05-2009, 12:39 PM
Smart idea... my TB was lean when I got her too and you can see now she is fat and happy lol. Rushing the weight won't do any good at all so you have the right idea. I have also heard that LMF Super Supplement is a good one and I use Strategy with my two and it helps with weight/supplements without the energy ... I am excited to see how she progresses! :)

Here is a pic form Fri's ride
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    10-05-2009, 03:06 PM
I wish I could get more pictures of our progress but it is really hard to take pictures in the saddle. Normally someone is home to make sure I don't break my neck but they are busy. Yours looks wonderful nice and relaxed. I am going riding today after work and can't wait.She stands for me to mount and dismount and she really loves to learn. We will continue with walk trot transitions tonight. BTW what bit do you use, at first Sky didn't like my french link, she is getting better with it but doesn't really like it, I might consider a happy mouth or myler what do you think.
    10-05-2009, 03:43 PM
I started with a simple eggbut snaffle- OTTB's are trained that the harder you pull the faster they go. Now I ride her in a slow twist eqqbut snaffle ... I would suggest staying with the lightest bit you can so that you have a nice soft supple mouth on her.

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    10-05-2009, 09:32 PM
What made you decide to use a slow twist? Did your horse need the twist. Sky is ok with egg butt french link but she doesn't seem to take to it (play with it) I hate the whole find a bit thing because you buy one and it doesn't work and you can't return it. A local shop near me does Myler rentals so I can try them but my concern is that the mylers are all accepted in the dressage ring for eventing and I hate having to swith bits around. In the lower levels I don't do bridle changes I rarely do saddle changes. I have really soft hands (I have had numerous instructors tell me that) so I am good with not pulling which will make them think go faster. I have heard others mention that the full cheek is a little better then the eggbutt for control.
    10-06-2009, 07:29 AM
I'd love to know why you started in a plain eggbut snaffle, but went up to the slow twist?

This is my boy when I first got him in Dec last year .. still in race condition..

And this is him now, well, last week. Taking my younger sister over some little poles .. he's really filled out!

Watching the other horses ..

I was using a single joint full cheek snaffle on him to help with his turning (was very stiff and didn't enjoy turning) and I found this helped. I am currently trialing a Myler bit .. but I'm not sure if he is enjoying it. He is still quite soft and responsive (better than what he was), but I don't think he's 100% happy with it. At least it's not a single joint - not a huge fan LOL

:) He's just turned 5 a few weeks ago .. love my boy!
His half sister (same Dam) has just come on the market for the same price as he was ... verrrrrry tempted to get her also hahah!
    10-06-2009, 11:00 AM
How beautiful, I hope my mare fills out as nicely as your fella did. I am not a big fan of the single jointed bits either. Which myler are you trying? Sky listens well with the eggbutt even for turning we are working on bending her body a little bit teaching her what she is to do with leg. Plus I am concerned because in eventing their is only certain myler bits that you can use for dressage and I really hate having to switch bits I truly believe that I should be able to use the same bit for all three phases (at least in lower levels)
Yesterday I rode her and she just eats it up, she doesn't get worked up or frustrated I trotted her over ground poles, figure 8's transitions and she did great. I then handwalked her up the road and jumped a ditch, walked over a grated bridge, had dogs walk walk and she did marvelous, it's almost like she was born to be this kind of horse. Super proud owner!!
    10-06-2009, 12:16 PM
I needed her attention more and I too have soft hands so when I was asking her for her head/attention she wasn't listening with the snaffle- rather then just pulling I wanted a little stronger bit to do the trick. I don't like yanking on their mouths and would rather have to just pull a little and have a bit that she responds too rather then have to pull a lot with a "softer" bit. I hope that makes sense... also I use a lot of leg to direct where we go so my hands are just back up for a rainy day :)
    10-06-2009, 01:16 PM
That makes sense, I was just curious as to the reason. I don't have that problem currently with Sky so I will keep looking at different bits.

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