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NaharinsJettaBean 03-01-2010 07:28 PM

What's wrong with this pic...er vid?
 
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Any critique is welcomed with open arms. I don't have any recent pictures of him (he was disgustingly skinny when I bought him) SO I'm not sure if you will be able to get an accurate read on these.

The last couple are just to prove that I'm not starving him lol

Allison Finch 03-01-2010 07:50 PM

The only thing I see wrong is someone lunging a horse in atrocious footing. The horse was probably reacting to it with his stumble and tempo changes.

darkwillow 03-01-2010 07:58 PM

I see a beautiful horse. What else am I supposed to be seeing??? I wish I had a horse like that...*sigh*

Honeysuga 03-01-2010 07:59 PM

You are constantly clicking to him when longing, this tells him nothing other than that you are clicking. You need to be clear and firm and quick with your requests and commands or he will tune you out. Beautiful horse!

NaharinsJettaBean 03-01-2010 08:13 PM

The clicking was the footing. I lunged him for about 2 min, because when we bought it we were told that it would loosen up when a horse was worked on it in the winter (the whole reason we bought the stuff) When it didn't, I brought him in. I agree, it is atrocious...I was so disappointed with it, but I guess I should have known not to trust a person who was going to make money off of something :-/

I was hoping someone would be able to critique him a little? I have heard from all the TB and QH people in my barn that he is hideous and that I should sell him because of his terrible conformation. Unfortunately they neglect to give up the specific faults they find in him, and it is equally unfortunate that I wear rose colored glasses when it comes to him, since he is my rescue baby.

I would like to know if he really is that terrible, or if they are just anti-Arabian

Mercedes 03-01-2010 09:06 PM

You might want to have a chiropractor look him over. He's pretty tight over his back and doesn't seem capable of stretching down. I also don't think that western saddle fits him.

Conformationally, he's a bit weak behind. Could use more length to the pelvis and a shorter, deeper loin. He's not awful in anyway.

He doesn't look or move like a TB or a QH, because he's an Arab. *shrug*

NaharinsJettaBean 03-01-2010 09:14 PM

Thank You! :) I've thought about the chiropractor a lot, Nothing bad has ever happened to him (at least before I sent him to the trainer...) and thanks for pointing that out. I'm going to definitely have to see if there is one in my area. I can't totally remember, but I don't think he ever had a problem before I sent him away. I feel like a bad mum...he came so very highly recommended by people who I thought were my friends. NEVER AGAIN will I trust someone else with my horse. I don't care if my insurance is crappy. It's not happening. Also crappy saddle=QH "cowboy" trainer who doesn't like Arabians. Best fitting saddle he had, I wasn't even aloud to bring my own bridle there, so he definitely didn't want my saddle.

Sorry for the rant in the middle. Thank you so much for critiquing him! :)

NorthernMama 03-01-2010 09:35 PM

I dunno. Seems fine to me. He's very pretty. Kind of hard to see what he really looks like in the recent pics, conformation wise. I agree that the saddle looks too large for him and for you. (I have the same problem -- I think all of my western saddles are too big for me.)

Funny how many horseowners are overly loyal (zealous) to their own breed. Of course the TB and QH owners don't like him. He's fine and probably on the short side (though it doesn't look it in the pics). Not tall and fine, not short and stocky. He's got beautiful colouring and probably a good attitude. Maybe it's the green in their eyes coming out... He really is nice to look at.

NaharinsJettaBean 03-01-2010 10:51 PM

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Originally Posted by NorthernMama (Post 566828)
I dunno. Seems fine to me. He's very pretty. Kind of hard to see what he really looks like in the recent pics, conformation wise. I agree that the saddle looks too large for him and for you. (I have the same problem -- I think all of my western saddles are too big for me.)

Funny how many horseowners are overly loyal (zealous) to their own breed. Of course the TB and QH owners don't like him. He's fine and probably on the short side (though it doesn't look it in the pics). Not tall and fine, not short and stocky. He's got beautiful colouring and probably a good attitude. Maybe it's the green in their eyes coming out... He really is nice to look at.

I wont be riding him western, so I wont have to worry about having a cutback saddle or anything like that, not very western looking is he? Yeah the saddle was quite big for both him and I, and the stirrups didn't have a short enough hole for me, even though my legs are pretty long (or so I'm told) hence the terrible position on my part lol he is pretty tall for an Arabian, 16hh. Thank you for your input :) helped me put it into perspective.

NaharinsJettaBean 03-01-2010 10:57 PM

I forgot to mention that he is 7, and was started out when he was 6...


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