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    08-26-2009, 07:41 PM
I think your STB is very attractive. Especially the last photo you posted.

I don't care if someone else things my horse is unattractive. I put the effort into keeping him in shape. He's groomed (though his mane is ugly right now, it needs to be cut off) and that's all that really matters. I know I take proper care of him. I like his whiskers, feet fuzzies and untrimmed tails. So that's how my horse will stay.
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    08-26-2009, 08:51 PM
The boys of my life.
My old endurance horse that carried me for 17 years and over 30,000 miles and never a day lame or sick

His replacement that only lasted 1 1/2 years before his untimely death

My present boy, a 4 1/2 year old 15-1 arab
Well all my boys are arabs. Are there any other breed??

    09-06-2009, 08:49 PM
Your Standard Bred is beautiful! For a SB, he's nicely muscled and has a pretty neck - well-balanced and healthy-looking! I wouldn't push the rounded neck thing too hard - not all horses are built to move comfortably that way. I also wouldn't worry about what other people ride out on the trail. If you get around enough, you'll see that virtually every breed has representatives out on the trail. Enjoy your gorgeous boy!
    09-06-2009, 09:59 PM
I think everyone cares about their horses appearence to some extent...Romeo is just a trail horse but I still wash him down and shampoo and condition his mane and tail and try to make him look nice. Im sure every horse owner tries to make their mount beautiful...but the key thing to remember is Training not looks is key. Get him where he does just about anything you want and your the winner...not the girl with the drop dead gorgeous stud who throws her and runs off half way through the ride! LOL

Your boy looks amazing so I would just stop worrying about it lol.
    09-08-2009, 10:22 AM
Thanks for all nice comments :P Always nice to hear (I think this is my new happy-thread xD)

Skeeter9: The rounded neck will come from working correctly rather than being forced in a frame.. when working correctly his topline will be long and relaxed while the stomach works, the head will ''hang'' from the poll and the neck muscles closer to the saddle will be working to keep the neck up.. This is what happens naturally to all horses when they're excited (males at least ;) ) or when they need to collect themselves to lets say jump or walk over tough terrain/hills etc. :) The difficult thing is to keep that collection when the horse doesn't find it necessare (no jumps, mares or tough terrain).. I've been way too lazy recently and relied on my reins, so at the oment Crows neck is ''upside-down" since he has fought me by tensing the muscles arund the throat instead.. blergh, all hard work ruined because of my lazyness,.. .__. On the good side, my traineer might be moving closer so she can poke me to ride well again ^___^ And I've changed from a snaffle bit to a padded chain-cavesson (I generally hate those since thick pading tends to make them sloppy and unstable, but this one is really good, just perfectly soft and perfectly stable). It seemed to be good last ride, he dared to lean just a bit on it and lower his head when I asked rather than just curling up, so I think it's harder for me to be lazy and force a bad frame unintentionally :)He gaied pretty well with a low head in it too, seemingly very content with it, which surprised me. Especially since he's been a bit in a bad shape lately. So I suppose I'll stick with this for a while :) (I know, the bit doesn't make the riding, but different bits work different ways and helps differntly at various parts of the training. I needed a gentler one now, maybe I'll have better use of a more direct and ''sevre'' later on for finer communications)

Pidge: Thanks :P
But I want him well trained and beautiful..xD

I'm extreme.. I stared at him the other day and was just like ''He's so ugly'' .___. Just seing the grassfilled belly, short, upside-down neck and flat butt *cry* In my imagination he's supposed to look like a fancy PRE stallion.. nah, but he' a bit out of shape (just like me) which is of course my fault. At the end of the ride that day I found him all good looking again (yeah, he behaved very well that ride xD) so it's all good. Poor horse having an owner like me :P

He started bucking tho.. He has the most amazing's like.. a series of jumps, like a cartoon where you put springs at the horses feet and they just bounce away, y'know? O__o; Ears forward and snorting/frowning happily and just bouncing away.. xD Really soft and I get so surpised I don't even stop it xD He has done it once before, I think he bucked/bounced like 80-90 feet forward that time before I even realized what he was doing. This time it was like 5-6 bounces.. x) He's so funny to ride..
    09-08-2009, 12:54 PM
Originally Posted by Zab    
He started bucking tho.. He has the most amazing's like.. a series of jumps, like a cartoon where you put springs at the horses feet and they just bounce away, y'know? O__o; Ears forward and snorting/frowning happily and just bouncing away.. xD Really soft and I get so surpised I don't even stop it xD He has done it once before, I think he bucked/bounced like 80-90 feet forward that time before I even realized what he was doing. This time it was like 5-6 bounces.. x) He's so funny to ride..
Sounds like more of a crow-hop than a true buck. My mare bucks. She bucks like she took lessons from rodeo bucking stock. There is NO mistaking it when she bucks. And there is no staying on. Fortunately, she's bucking less and less as time goes on. She was really spoiled by her PO, and learned that if she bucked she got put back in the pasture with lots of treats. My horses work for a living - even if it's just carting my fat backside down a trail. We are working on her from the ground and she is coming along. Hopefully by the time I manage to climb into the saddle myself, we will have her behaving like she should be!

All that being said - I'll get back to the topic at hand. I don't have pretty horses. (see my avatar - that is one UGLY horse!) A couple of them are registered, but the rest aren't. You can't ride papers, as mentioned by a previous poster. However, before we ever put a saddle on them, they are thoroughly brushed out. It's not vanity - it's common sense. Dirty backs, sides and bellies can lead to sores from rubbing tack. We brush out their manes and tails and clip their bridle paths. If they are truly filthy, we may give them a quick bath - but usually a good brushing is all that is required.

Years ago we had tack that was all color co-ordinated. We were without horses for nearly 20 years, and are slowly accumulating the necessary tack to color co-ordinate once again. And again, not necessarily for vanity's sake, but for practicality. If each horse has their own saddle and tack colors, you don't mix them up after you get everything adjusted for the perfect fit. That perfect fit helps keep both horse and rider safe on the trail.

I am SO looking forward to the day that Dancer behaves well enough for me to ride!!!!
    09-10-2009, 05:49 PM
Perhaps it's Crow-hop ;) i's not like he tried to get rid of me (if he did, it'd just be sad... xD )


I take it for granted that riders groom their horses properly before each ride, at the very least in the saddle, girth and bridle area (and where other possible tack is) to avoid rubs, sores and irritation on the horse and unecessary wearing on the tack which can end up dangerous. Just like I expect riders to pick the hooves and check for any injuries or tender areas before they saddle up and ride..

I have ridden horses with just a quick brushing and even had mud left on legs or so if I've been in a hurry or lazy, but never have I put any tack on a dirty horseback (or head). And Crow, being of the more sensetive type, needs to be as clean as a horse can be before I as much as think of putting a saddle or blanket on him.. his coat is ridiculously sensetive x_X Fortunatly tho, his skin isn't, he has never had a sore or anything, just rubbed off fur once from the saddle and in the start from wearing his halter.... but I'd probably die if he got a next to bald spot somewhere from unfitting tack or dirt.. x)

I'm not very good at cleaning the tack tho..if it doesn't look dirty it's clean >_> I clean it sometimes but not too often. I just check straps, buckles and so on before the ride. And brush out the lambskin (that his ridiculously sensetive coat needs under the saddle) since it usually get scruffed by the sweat and salt after a long ride :P

So when I wonder if you care about the looks, I suppose I generally meant as in building muscles and train to get the horse in best possible shape (for the eyes), careful trimming of the hair or other ''unecessary'' grooming.. :)
Or I you just keep the horse and tack clean enough.
    09-13-2009, 10:36 AM
When I got my boy Reno he was "a little out of shape and FAT" so I can kinda relate but Im on the other end, your tryin to build up and im trying to lose and tone on Reno. Everyones been telling me that he looks better and I agree but I want that firmness. Im also kinda OCD on my tack too lol, my pads get washed minimum of once a month, saddles get cleaned off after every ride, brass gets polished after every ride, oiled monthly lol. Reno gets bathed once a week (whitening shampoo of course). I get kinda OCD about everything on my horse lol and tack, my friends and family say its rediculous but I don't care I have (temperment wise) a almost perfect horse and want the same out of his build and looks. I say its perfectly normal though because you want everyone else to see what you see as long as you don't love him any less for his faults I wouldnt be too worried though, hopefully (for you and me lol) it will come haha. Also would like to add that I think crow is very nice looking especially compared to the older pics, at least you don't have the problem my mom is having with her filly, she is so gangly and scrawny that my mom feels bad for riding her and she is almost 5 and yet to fill out no matter how many trail rides. She's just a lean little horse lol. I let her ride reno for a minute the other day and I rode Sal-Y and I swear I felt like I was riding a bean pole lol ill post a pic of her so you can be thankful that Crow doesnt look like that
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    09-13-2009, 08:00 PM
At least at 5 the horses skeleton is still growing a little so she might get better :P Have you tried giving her some extra protein and work her in a slow cnter or up hills to build muscles on her butt? Perhaps long reining? :P Because there can certainly get a little more mass on her.. the hard thing is usually to figure out what just that horse needs, if you see what I mean? :P

Hhehe..of course I love Crow no matter what x) At least when he behavs..*sigh* I love him, but seeing the differense between him and the little one.,the yearling is more brave than Crow is for crying out loud.. x_X Oh well..he tries his best, it's not like he's mean or doesn't listen, he's just a nervous wreck .__. At least he has more self confidence when I'm standing next to him, so we can avoid dangerous situations.. now if he got some confidence with me on the trail.. ._.
    09-14-2009, 12:00 AM
Yes with sal-y we have added supplements to her and the roads we ride on are hilly so she has to go up and down, we actually don't think she will fill out much more, we also have her mother and she is super slender like her...we were hoping she would get a little bit of stockyness from her daddy but that isnt happening sadly. At least you can calm Crow down if something does startle him I've been on some that would lose their mind no matter what. You said you were also wanting to build up Crows hind can come to georgia and take some of Renos lol he has plenty
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