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    07-28-2009, 09:02 AM
I won't buy an ugly horse. He must stand out in a crowd or I am not interested. I only buy arabs so how could I not have a pretty horse
I do not worry about how I turnout for a ride, my equipment is in perfect condition, functional from thousands of miles of use, well oiled and soft but color I could care less about. The horse is well groomed but other then a bridle path he is not trimmed.
Well shod, I hate half falling off shoes or bad shoing.
The most important thing is the way of going, how he handles things on the trial, on the roads and in general how he handles himself around people and other horses.
Standbreds are not pretty horses, they do not have the refined head, the heavier arched neck but they have a wonderful personallity, are brave to a fault and have a wonderful ground covering trot. All the things that make a great trail horse. Their fearlessness is what makes them great buggy horses for the amish, that and their trot.
I owned one in the mid 80's and she had everything the standbred should have. Also a great big heart.
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    07-29-2009, 12:03 AM
Zab, you are normal. I fuss over my girls so badly, it's silly. My friends think I'm nuts because my horses look nearly flawless (aside from a very long fluffy coat) in the winter. They just stay clean, and I groom all of them daily no matter what. Build wise, I think it's best for a horse of any breed to look healthy and well muscled to match his natural build and framework. Even within a breed, there are variations. I'm a QH person, so depending on what kind of bloodlines the horse has, it can be built many ways and still be incredible for their frame, breeding, and discipline. (I like big butts and I cannot lie!)
I think your Standie looks great!!! You've really gotten him looking incredible compared to the first pics. WOW.
    07-29-2009, 07:16 AM
Green Broke
That's definitely normal. I'd never sacrifice good behaviour for appearance, but I like to keep my Arab looking good. She has a properly clipped bridle path, probably a little longer then neccesary for a trail horse but not as extreme as a true Arabian cut. Her mane and tail are always brushed out and kept untangled, and she's always groomed up nice.

In winter I let her look like a yak just because it's so cold here and we don't have a barn. But come springtime, it's clean up time!

I think it's good to take pride in your horse. I've been to group trail rides where people haul these unmuscled, under weight, FILTHY hairbags of trailers and it just makes me cringe. No, a trail horse doesn't have to look perfect, but trail riding can definitely be streneous, and I think it's just as silly taking an unfit horse on a five hour trail ride as it is to take an unfit horse into competition.
    07-29-2009, 07:56 AM
I care how my horses look. I groom both of them like crazy, brush the tail and mane so they'd look nice, long and soft, and I always try to match all my tack.
    07-29-2009, 10:24 AM
I think all horses have a right to look pretty, I mean they are the most beautiful animals on the planet, am I right?
I find nothing wrong with making sure you're horse looks ideal to you, if that's what makes you happy, more power to ya!
I'm a trail rider and I keep my mare's mane braided 24/7 because it's almost 12" long and if I don't keep it up-kept like that she tangles it in t-minus .01 seconds. People sometimes think I'm vein because I do that, so what! I'd like her to have a 12" mane for the rest of her life, thank you very much!
    07-29-2009, 08:47 PM
Thanks, it's good to know I'm not crazy xD

And thanks for all compliments on Crow ^_^

Btw..I brought my big city-boy older brother on a 3 - 3.5 hour trailride today..mwahahahahas he's so in love with horses now xD
Sad thing is that I finally got a neat picture of me and Crow (I always ride alone, so..) just with the cell camera, but still.. but that ans half the other photos were lost when I transferred them to the comp and my cell shut down :( Gah! I'm not meant to have pictures where both Crow and I and the background look good! ><

Anyway, Zakarias, my brother, riding Dacke, muy dads horse, on his very first trail ride..ever :P He has perhaps bee sitting on a horse..4 times in his was fun xD He did well too^^

(Poor Crow..he'll always look thin next to Dacke..x) )
    07-29-2009, 08:50 PM
Your brother looks a little unsure of himself lol. Keep working him - he'll be racing you in no time!
    07-29-2009, 08:56 PM
Heeh.. of course he just had to tease me ''Arn't your horse supposed to be the fast one, sis?'' >D nyahahah I figured he could just as well learn to canter.. so I set off to proove to him that yes, my horse was the fastest one xD
After that, he really liked the ride and wanted more xD
We had a picnic and so too :)
    07-29-2009, 09:29 PM
Your horse is gorgeous! I would be more then proud to have him.
    07-29-2009, 10:58 PM
As long as you love your horse just the way he is, I see no reason not to work towards getting him to look like you'd like him to look. Does that make sense? All I really do towards grooming my horse is brush and pet him a lot...does petting count....and wash him down with a hose once in a while. My horse isn't the prettiest horse around in most peoples eyes, but in my eyes he is the most beautiful horse in the world....what can I say, I'm a sucka for his big brown eyes . I make sure my horse is clean and well fed and when I meet other horses I look for the same.

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