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Zab 07-27-2009 09:08 PM

How much do you mind your trail horses looks?
 
I'm ''just'' a trail rider and I have ''only'' a standardbred..

I'm ashamed to admit that the looks of my horse means a lot to me.
I work hard to get him ''well'' muscled and round, working with an arched neck (and of course also with his back and hindlegs, but the neck means more to me than I want to admit). It shouldn't really matter, should it? I mean as long as he's sound and strong and so on, what does his looks matter?

It's also much of the same reason I usually keep his fetlock and ears trimmed, and can't stand keeping his mane as it's not getting long and beautiful (tho I rather like him roached/shaved too so :P As long as it's not that half-long thing.. x)

I enjoy messing with his appearance, and I like working with him and so.. but I don't think my motives is very good..and I still feel bad that his neck isn't rounder and nicer.. I want his butt bigger too, but I suppose that'll come with cantering and so on. (see..? lucky I love to canter, otherwise I'd force myself to it just because I know it'll build muscles.. x__X;)

I'm used to hearing that a horse needs to be round and pretty much look like a bodybuiler, and that standies are bad, ugly horses, and trail riding isn't really riding - not like the ''allmighty'' dressage or jumping is.. (no matter I ride both dressage anf jumps on the trail..) I suppose that's a big reason for me to want to show Crow as good looking as possible, to show them wrong and that he's a good horse and it's good riding. I don't trust them to see it if I don't get him really stunning..
Partly same thing with gaiting.. since that's a bad thing to do with standies especially, I need to prove that he's still healthy and strong even tho I gait him a lot.. and that I'm not some selfish, ignorant person that knows nothing about horses (give me a penny for everytime I hear that trail riding standie-owners are ignorant and careless..).

How much do you care about your horses looks, like this? I mean.. do you think all horses should look round and have these big muscles instead of the slimmer, tougher and a bit bonier type that many trail horses I've seen here has? Does it matter?
I don't even think it looks bad on other horses if they're slim, it looks like tough, hardy and good horses, but I feel terrible if Crow would look it.. O_o; No, I don't know why.

How silly am I? :S
Why do I care what they think?

I'd work as hard to get him well trained and what I concider nice looking anyway, but I probably wouldn't feel as bad about his stick neck or flat butt if I cared less about the others..


http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Crow200....jpg?y=0&x=300

http://www.elftown.com/stuff/fram%c3....jpg?y=0&x=300

I realize I might have written something that could offend some people, at least to me this is a sensetive topic and well..I usually manage to anger people, so..just in case, I wanna say that no offense is intended..

PaintHorseMares 07-27-2009 11:06 PM

We do a lot of trail riding (and off trail riding through the woods), and although we have stocky, big muscled (and big butt) Paints, in my opinion the appearance is a lot less important than having a horse that enjoys the trails and has good 'trail sense'. If I'm in the middle of the woods weaving around trees, walking through leaves and creeks, and stepping over logs, I want a horse that is sure footed, knows where not to go, won't spook at a deer darting by, and that can get me around, over, or through anything that I may come across. Every ride is different on the trail, and you need a horse that can think and that you can trust.

Zab 07-27-2009 11:18 PM

Well, of course :) Ad I'm working on that too with Crow (he's ridden lss thana year so I concider him pretty young when it comes to those things, but of course I still expect obedience, and he's generally pretty relaxed)

But I still care a lot about his looks too.

Sunny06 07-27-2009 11:29 PM

How much do you care about your horses looks, like this?

I think everybody wants to have a nice looking steed. I'm always giving Sunny baths to keep him white and clean.

I mean.. do you think all horses should look round and have these big muscles instead of the slimmer, tougher and a bit bonier type that many trail horses I've seen here has? Does it matter?

Mmm..I think it depends on the typical of the breed. Thoroughbreds: Typical look is long, lanky and elegant. I'd want that if I were to have one. AQHA: Stocky and muscular. I'd want to keep that look as close to the typical of the breed, as well. Of course, that's my personal opinion. I like to keep breeds easy to distinguish ;P

How silly am I? :S

Not very, IMO. Many people (including me) WANT to have their horses looking sharp and at peak performance. Especially after all this money we've spent on them.

http://www.elftown.com/stuff/fram%c3....jpg?y=0&x=300

I love that ^^ picture!

Zab 07-27-2009 11:32 PM

Thanks :)

Appyt 07-28-2009 12:01 AM

Your horse looks great. Don't worry so much. ;) I like my horses to look healthy and I may vetch around cuz one's forelock got pulled out(dang weeds) or ones tail is too short. High withers here and long ears there(oh wait, same horse. lol) I don't dwell on any of that tho. I am just happy to have good healthy horses.

smrobs 07-28-2009 12:16 AM

I don't worry too much about my horse's looks in the vanity type thing. I don't clip or trim them anywhere other than the bridle path. If their manes are short or long............whatever. I just like for them to be all on the same side, it bugs me when it splits. LOL. I can understand wanting a horse who is round and muscular. I rather like the feeling of getting on a horse and feeling like I am on a horse instead of a toothpick. BUT, I am blessed with well built, pretty well balanced horses with very little work. Sometimes I would like to have a taller horse but then I would have trouble getting on. I can hardly get on my 14.3hh mustang if he is uphill from me. *blushes*

I agree Crow is just stunning, standardbred or not. :) Not that I have anything against SBs but just generally too tall and lanky for my taste. I prefer short and stocky. :D

MyBoyPuck 07-28-2009 12:30 AM

As Sunny06 said, every breed has an ideal look to it. I'm a TB owner, and yes I do take pride in my lean, long legged boy with his big powerful butt. The woman I ride with loves her short, stocky QH for what he is too. She wouldn't own a TB any sooner than I'd get a QH, and that's where all of us being a little different is a good thing. I do love seeing people gawk at my horse when we're out on the trails, but in a scary situation, I'd rather he'd be safe and look like a troll instead of cute and dangerous. Guess it's a little of both for me. Certainly nothing wrong with wanting your horse to look great.

smrobs 07-28-2009 12:52 AM

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Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck (Post 362589)
I do love seeing people gawk at my horse when we're out on the trails, but in a scary situation, I'd rather he'd be safe and look like a troll instead of cute and dangerous.


:lol::lol: ROFLMFAO!!! So true.

mom2pride 07-28-2009 01:50 AM

I like to keep my horses trimmed up nice and I like them to travel nicely on the trail; not necessarily always in a rounded frame, but calmly and obediently, and with some trail smarts; I don't want him spooking at everything, and I do want him to pay attention to his footing.


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