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post #21 of 51 Old 04-30-2013, 11:20 PM
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So happy for you! You seem to have the situation under control and off to a good start. :) Can't wait to see more pictures of this chubby cutie!

I think Biscotti is an adorable name. Good luck with him!
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post #22 of 51 Old 04-30-2013, 11:31 PM
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Handsome boy! I really like that solid build of his. Nice and sturdy.

Let us know how everything goes. I'm sure he'll be rusty but by the sounds of your original post, he knows quite a bit.
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post #23 of 51 Old 04-30-2013, 11:37 PM
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I'm SO happy for you!! Good luck and have fun with him ! :)
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post #24 of 51 Old 05-01-2013, 12:44 AM
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I found out that the horse has had no vaccinations or de-worming, and hasn't been trimmed since LAST SUMMER... And even then it was by the guy's teenaged daughter, who doesn't know what she's doing.
Just as a side note, some horses do just fine when going that long without a trimming. Is it ideal? Not really. But ours only get trimmed about once a year at home. We just ride them on the gravel to wear their hooves down. They also have 20 acres of pasture to wander in, and wear them down naturally. We do check them periodically to make sure they aren't really bad. If that's the case, then we call a farrier. (There aren't many farriers in our area, so it's best to do as many horses as possible when one visits.)

My almost-3-year-old hasn't had her feet trimmed in about 5 months, and her hooves have barely grown. She probably will get them shaped a bit at the end of this month, but nothing dramatic. Some horses just have slow growing hooves.

Plus, it's not like there were farriers around thousands of years ago! Horses survived then, they'll survive now.
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post #25 of 51 Old 05-01-2013, 01:22 AM
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WWWIOOOOOOOO! I thought my butt was huge!! He looks a nice type though.have fun! :)
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post #26 of 51 Old 05-01-2013, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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Pic heavy!

Thanks all for your comments! I got pictures today. I found that really, his manners aren't too bad. He is rusty, but I think most of his misbehaving was just because they let him. He backs, lowers his head, and halts pretty well. When I led him at first he kept trying to stop, but that little problem was solved in just a couple minutes. He's so calm! Things that would have had my TWH running to the next county, when I first got her, he doesn't even react to. I'm pretty happy!

I lunged him just a teeny bit today too. Definitely one-sided, but not terrible. He gives in pretty easily.

After the groundwork I took him in the barn to groom him and he was investigative and a little worried, so I just walked him around a few times in each direction. He sniffed EVERYTHING. I just let him so he would get over it all more quickly. He spooked once at a blowing tarp in the corner, but otherwise he did great! After about ten minutes in the barn it was like he'd been in there his whole life. He didn't care. He knocks down every bucket he can find, though! He must think he's about to starve to death. Blow away in the wind!

I crosstied him to groom and he was pretty decent. Moves around a little too much but overall was waaaaay better than my TWH was when I first got her. I noticed that he has a little foggy spot on his left eye. Would that be a cataract? I also noticed that for a while a little bit of blood was slowly dripping out of the inside of his nostril. It wasn't by the time I left, but I'm still wondering about that...?

I got him used to the razor today. He's not completely okay with it, and I didn't buzz him, but he's better!

Here are some pictures!

Me lunging him a little bit.
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Me telling him to put his head down. He did pretty well with this!
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Here he is with my sister after his grooming session. What do you all think about his conformation?
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And here he is with me.
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I'll have some hoof pics in my next post.
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post #27 of 51 Old 05-01-2013, 07:32 PM
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He really is handsome! It's going to be interesting to see him after getting rid of 100 pounds or so...or more.
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post #28 of 51 Old 05-01-2013, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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Please, everyone, feel free to critique these hooves. I know they are really bad, but I'd like to see what y'all have to say.

Left front hoof -- bottom view:
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Left front hoof -- side view:
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Right front hoof -- bottom view:
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Right front hoof -- side view:
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Both front hooves -- front view:
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Left hind hoof -- bottom view:
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Left hind hoof -- side view:
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Right hind hoof -- bottom view:
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Right hind hoof -- side view:
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Both hind hooves -- font view:
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post #29 of 51 Old 05-01-2013, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you, Dustbunny!

Here is the tack that came with him. It's actually pretty nice tack. Once I get it cleaned up it will look a lot better.

Bridle:
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Curb bit:
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Saddle:
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Saddle pad:
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Snaffle bit with leather reins:
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post #30 of 51 Old 05-01-2013, 08:02 PM
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His hooves will probably be fine with a good trim. It may take two trims to really get him right, but I have seen much worse feet come back fine with a little work.
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