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    07-31-2009, 12:14 PM
My saddlebred? You mean my standardbred or are you referring to someone else? X)


I'm too lazy to spend hours grooming him, he has a shiny coat anyway. I just take the worst mud of him, and then brush the sadle area really careful, I can even wash it and let it dry before I ride if it's impossible to get really clean with just brushing. But that's because he has a very sensetive coat and it gets rubbed really easy.. :3 if I keep it really clean and use a sheepskin, he's ok, tho..

But I spend a lot of energy keeping him in a good shape with just the right amount of fat and always trying to make him broader and more muscular.. Well, I try xD And judging from your comments, this far I'm doing a decent job with it :) I'm glad to hear that.

Just because I love pictures, and my horse ;)
Crow on a trail and munching leaves, I took the bridle off and loosened the girth before snapping this picture and take something to eat myself :)
I'm really happy to have a horse that's so easy both alone and with other horses, I'd be lonely if I couldn't ride out on a ride without company. I don't know about you, but we don't have a habit of driving the horses to trails here, you normally take hat trails and company you have.

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    07-31-2009, 03:24 PM
Looks great to me, Zab.
    07-31-2009, 05:56 PM
Between my four riding horses, I have most of the body types covered -- Magic is muscled, with the big butt and everything; Tanner is more of a lanky Quarter Horse build; Ruby has sort of an Arabian-type body, I think; and 2-Pak is tall and long and lean (but right now he's kinda overweight. ^^; ) So I don't really have a preference for build beyond making sure the horse isn't grtotesquely overweight, and I rarely have the patience or time to give my horses full baths and clippings before every ride, so grooming is decided on a case-by-case basis. The only thing I really demand is that manes and tails aren't in a knot and there isn't a bunch of mud and dirt on their coats that is immedietly obvious. Also, Ruby's two white socks on her back legs have to be almost-spotless, and I usually feel the need to wash out all stains that Magic gets on her pretty white coat... I just obsess over those two things. XD
    08-01-2009, 08:48 PM
Originally Posted by Zab    
My saddlebred? You mean my standardbred or are you referring to someone else? X)
Sorry, my bad, CRS by the time I got to page 3 I ment your Standarbred. Please accept my apologies!
    08-02-2009, 05:20 PM
Originally Posted by Bronco Hollow    
Sorry, my bad, CRS by the time I got to page 3 I ment your Standarbred. Please accept my apologies!
heeh, no prob, I just wasn't sure if you meant someone else :P
    08-02-2009, 05:32 PM
Hey Zab, at least yours is a breed that is recognized by the rest of the horse world. I have mustangs and they are the mutts of horse breeds and many people see them as just that......worthless mutts. I would trade you for a while but I am not sure how Crow would take to cattle work. LOL.
    08-02-2009, 07:53 PM
Quite the opposite, actually! You bring your mustang here and people will just stare in awe.. .__.
Standardbreds are the most hated breed we have. You can get them for free or dirt cheap and you'll keep getting comments like ''you can't ride that, he's bred for pulling a sulky and nothing else'', ''He'll break'', ''They can't do dressage (cuz that's what riding's aaaall about..appearantly)'' "They're bad riding horses/they're not real horses" etc, or worse, that sympathetic look that say ''I feel sad for you who can't afford a real horse''.. O__o; I wouldn't trade him for anything in the world, I love him and his breed! Asghfdgh! >_<

I dunno, we met some loose cows on a bareback trailride the other week and he seemed to think they were funny to chase :P At least as long as they ran away from him xD
    08-21-2009, 01:04 PM
I work my horse in the arena, but enjoy going out on the trails to let her run... Since, she doesn't enjoy running in the arena. Psh.
Anyhow, on not so much the muscle building aspects, I enjoy braiding my mares mane, before we head out It gives her a cute crimp by the time we get back in.
I learned early on that braiding the tail before a trail ride was a horrible idea and managed to get welts on my arms and legs.
    08-24-2009, 01:35 PM
I'm just curious, what does your trail dressage consist of?
    08-24-2009, 04:27 PM
Originally Posted by roro    
I'm just curious, what does your trail dressage consist of?
Shoulder ins and shoulder outs on the road, bending and flexing on the more narrow paths, at some points there's open ground where I can ride in circles and so on. Keeping my horse in a good frame (or rather teach him to keep a decent frame himself) transisions, slowing down or speeding up with my seat etc.
Sometimes I jump or otherwise just use the terrain to train him. Today we practiced turns (dunno what you call it..zig.zacking between cones or in this case trees) when an old tractor path had small trees and bushes growing in the middle of the wheel tracks. Leg yields across the roads..well anyting I can think of.

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