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anrz 08-11-2009 07:00 PM

Thumper's Photo Thread :)
I love sharing photos of Thumper and I, and always have more to share, so I am starting a thread of pictures of him! I rode him yesterday (Monday), and here are a few of the best photos. Feel free to critique me if you want to unless I ask you not to.
I was working on just trotting up to the jumps, and he did pretty well. I was actually able to bring him back to a trot after a few strides of canter, which is pretty rare for him. His mane is hopefully going to lie on the correct side of his neck after the pasture braids come out :).

ridingismylife2 08-12-2009 05:47 PM

Great pictures! :)
Thumper is gorgeous!

anrz 08-12-2009 08:19 PM

Thank you! I love him :)

anrz 08-15-2009 10:03 PM

More pictures of Thumper from today :). He was great! He didn't go on the bit much, but he was pretty tense to start with so we did LOTS of walking and trotting on a long rein. Lots as in a half-hour of long reins. He was amazing after that, and his canter was actually fairly balanced.
Checking his legs for cuts- he came in from the pasture one day with this HUGE four inch long gash on his hind leg and after that I always spend like five minutes checking his legs for any cuts, heat, swellings, or tender spots...
Yeah, I know he looks kind of completely horrendous in this picture but at least he was relaxed :)...
And here is his canter- so much more balanced than usual...
Not really looking for a conformation critique (it's fine if you do give one tho) but I love how cute he looks :) <3...
Okay that's the end:). He has improved so much faster over the last month! For the first two months that I rode him out of lessons and for about three months when I rode him IN lessons, he was tense, nervous, and sped up whenever I asked him for a slower trot. He's the kind of horse that you really need to bond with before he will start working WITH you, not against you :). I think he knows when he needs to behave, though, because he has a therapeutic riding student and he is a perfect angel for him :). Sorry for the novel but I love love love him and am so so proud of him :)

1dog3cats17rodents 08-15-2009 10:07 PM

He is so cute! He looks like you are doing a great job with him, he's got nice movement :-) And that is my idea of a perfect blaze too

anrz 08-15-2009 10:46 PM

Thanks! His trot still needs some work- he is still learning the concept of working from behind but it is much improved :).

anrz 08-16-2009 01:53 PM

I might get to take pictures of him tomorrow and the day after that :D. Only if I take a camera out there tho. Monday and Tuesday will be my last times riding him before the show on August 29th and 30th, but only if my mom decides she will let me ride :(. I'm riding him in Intro tests A and B and Hunter Under Saddle (Walk/Trot). It'll be his first show and I'm really excited!

SpiritJordanRivers 08-16-2009 04:26 PM

He's beautiful! :) <3 Thoroughbreds. Is he and OTTB???

anrz 08-16-2009 04:34 PM

No- he's a TB/Mini cross so he can't/couldn't race. He did jumpers with his old owner (before he became a lesson horse) and I don't really think she ever taught him much about flatwork and balance :). He loves going fast- probably would race if he had the chance lol- but doesn't think much of staying balanced on circles or around corners. Especially to the right- he's heavy on his right side.

reining girl 08-18-2009 12:12 AM

Hes handsome. Is he really crossed with a minature horse????

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