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How much do you mind your trail horses looks?

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        07-30-2009, 12:55 AM
      #21
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    I'm just a trail rider and all I have is two TWH's.

    I really don't care how my horse looks in terms of correct neck-set, correct head-set and stuff... I never really have cared about that. Sure, I want my horses muscled and shiny and happy... but I want them to be able to navigate a trail and that stuff more than look pretty. As long as I know that they're pretty, that's all that matters.

    I do care about how well groomed they are, though...I love brushing my horses and will literally brush them for hours when the whim hits me. I'm still trying to break my obsessive brushing though... I've forced myself to ride with tangled manes and poopy coats so much that I'm beginning to just not care.

    But I still like them to look nice.
         
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        07-30-2009, 04:33 PM
      #22
    Foal
    I use to spend alot of time grooming up my horses to look good on the trail. But now I don't so much. I groom her and fly spray, check hooves and run a brush through her mane and tail and saddle-up and go. I love the natural look of my mare. I use to clip fetlocks and bridle paths but she has such a long beautiful mane and forlock I just leave them long and wild looking. Now I spend more time in the saddle instead of time on the ground grooming.
         
        07-30-2009, 05:57 PM
      #23
    Trained
    I don't care what discipline you are doing - you should take pride of your horse regardless. That means grooming on a regular basis, making sure everything is in proper order *no boo boo's, hooves, etc, etc*

    When you take pride in your horse, and show your horse that you care through daily interaction and daily grooming sessions, your horse will take pride in themselves.
         
        07-30-2009, 07:57 PM
      #24
    Weanling
    I think your horse looks great! For a little more butt muscle do more hill work at a walk.

    As mentioned earlier standard breds are not pretty .... but I find them quit handsome ( if that makes sense)

    Heres some pics of my old standard bred looking very handsome

    Jed 17.2hh
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        07-30-2009, 11:48 PM
      #25
    Green Broke
    I like my horses to look good, but more from a health point of view. I also use tack based on functionality and not fashionality. Needs to be clean, fit well and be durable. Whether the colors match, not so important to me anymore. I actually spend more time on their grooming/tacking up than on myself prior to riding.

    Usually am in a full blown "hot flash" by the time I'm done with them and ready to mount! Thank goodness for helmets, hides the results to my hair!
         
        07-31-2009, 12:15 AM
      #26
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    I would love to have a good looking, flashy, sparkly trail horse, but that usually doesn't happen around here. When it comes down to it, I would rather have an ugly grade horse with a bull head that is an amazingly tempered horse than a "pretty" one who has the IQ and respect of a fly.

    BUUUTTT, my horses don't look totally unfortunate on trails. I do color coordinate my babies, and I give them a nice brush down before we head out, but honestly? It is a trail, not a halter show. Lol.
         
        07-31-2009, 12:18 AM
      #27
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Tennessee    
    I would love to have a good looking, flashy, sparkly trail horse, but that usually doesn't happen around here. When it comes down to it, I would rather have an ugly grade horse with a bull head that is an amazingly tempered horse than a "pretty" one who has the IQ and respect of a fly.

    BUUUTTT, my horses don't look totally unfortunate on trails. I do color coordinate my babies, and I give them a nice brush down before we head out, but honestly? It is a trail, not a halter show. Lol.
    You made me smile Tennessee! I see we're two birds of a feather here!
         
        07-31-2009, 08:07 AM
      #28
    Showing
    ^^ Well, it seems that we are all flocking together too. I am right there with ya'll.
         
        07-31-2009, 08:12 AM
      #29
    Foal
    I think it sometimes depends on the horse too.. in a grooming sense anyway. Some horses just LOVE being coddled and groomed all day, where as some horses couldnt give a rats backside.

    I remember an old pony I used to ride that hated attention.. she would much rather be shoved in her paddock with a stack of hay than to have me groom her while she ate from a haynet.. go figure! Lol.
         
        07-31-2009, 11:44 AM
      #30
    Foal
    Well, you can't ride "pretty" or "papers"

    Our horses are first and foremost trail horses. When we trail ride our horses are curried and brushed. I have not clipped our boys in a long time. Its just they way it is here. I'll take a plain steady-Eddy on the trail over flash and chrome... as someone said out in the back country you want a horse that's level headed and knows where its feet are at all times.

    I think your Saddlebred is lovely BTW!
         

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