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post #1 of 16 Old 08-13-2013, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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So I have sadly decided that it is best if my mare lives the rest of her life comfortably in the pasture because of her conformation issues and I have decided not to further her training. I have found another project on the other hand. And I love him. He's not really "new" just mine now. He was my mothers, he's green and not finished yet but knows some, he's a dream on the lunge line. He's a real doll. My mother hasn't done anything with him to I decided to take him on. He's a big boy, about 16 - 16.3 hands, and he's got the thickest neck of any gelding I've ever owned. 8 years old, we paid three grand for him oh so many years ago. He's a bit nervous but I can work with that. I love his big belgian features. He has beautiful movements as well. Two lovely trots and an extended walk he does when he's worked up. With an arabian cross sire, he looks nothing like him. He's totally his mother's baby. She's a belgian quarter horse cross. He comes from two whole families of bays and he has a beautiful dorsal stripe. Wish me luck, I start ground work with him tomorrow. What are some good trust building groundwork exercises? No desensitizing yet, I want him to get to know me better before I go scaring him with a plastic bag or umbrella. I have a pattern of poles set out with a couple raised, some barrels for a figure eight and a couple "scratching stations" which are just two vertical poles on bases with a bumpy pool noodle stuck on the end. He looks absolutely wonderful under saddle, and he's got the most amazing soulful and relaxed eyes.
NOTE: I know his feet are long! Our last "quick call" farrier ended up flipping this big guy over onto his side when he was "bad" and now he doesn't like his right feet being picked up. I am yet to find a reliable farrier who knows his stuff.





























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post #3 of 16 Old 08-14-2013, 11:28 AM
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Good luck with the new guy. If I could offer some advice, lengthen your stirrups. They seem awfully short. Also evaluate the saddle fit. It may be a bit too small for both of you.

Cute guy, though. He sure doesn't look like a hard keeper!!
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Good luck with the new guy. If I could offer some advice, lengthen your stirrups. They seem awfully short. Also evaluate the saddle fit. It may be a bit too small for both of you.

Cute guy, though. He sure doesn't look like a hard keeper!!
These photos are of my mother riding The saddle was just one we pulled off the shelf to try him out He's awfully fat hahaha hes on 24/7 grass with no exercise
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Nice and stout...tell mom, and most horse folks know this, the lunge line she has, it looks like it is all around her hand...BIG no no, good way to loose a hand or fingers, break something also if he should decide to bolt out of the situation.

What are your plans for him? Do you have someone helping you with his training? And the hoof issues, I bet if you were to work with him every day, ask him to pick his hoof up, then praise him for it, have him lift if a little longer each time, he will get the idea soon enough.
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Nice and stout...tell mom, and most horse folks know this, the lunge line she has, it looks like it is all around her hand...BIG no no, good way to loose a hand or fingers, break something also if he should decide to bolt out of the situation.

What are your plans for him? Do you have someone helping you with his training? And the hoof issues, I bet if you were to work with him every day, ask him to pick his hoof up, then praise him for it, have him lift if a little longer each time, he will get the idea soon enough.
I find that flipping hilarious because she actually had a colt break her fingers in five spots from tat exact same thing a couple years ago Oh lord, *tut tut*. My plans are some harness work, farm work, some road riding, and trails mostly. Western pleasure I'm just doing it myself and I'm pretty confidant I can work his foot issues out
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Someone is a fat pony but a very cute fat pony. I'm sure he will look great when he starts muscling up with regular exercise.
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Just curious, what conformation issues are causing you to retire your current horse?

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He's gorgeous!! Good luck with your new project! :)

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He's a big boy alright! When some of that weight comes off and you tone him up, the neck might not look as thick.

I love his colour and attitude

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