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I went poof for a while, sorry about that guys!!

this is my newest project horse, Prince. I can't remember if i have told you guys about him, but he is a 17yo german bred TB. was on the track for a loooong time and then sat in a field for 2 years. After that he was dumped at the auction, which is where a friend of mine rescued him. He to me VERY thin and scraggly looking sadly, but has been on 24/7 pasture and is looking way better!! :)

So yeah, here are some pictures of me riding him. He was a TOTAL angel for me. Such a great horse. This is my second time riding him western and my 15th-20th time riding him. I think he is really enjoying the western, I know I am!! He has been ridden maybe 4 times in the last month or so, so I think he is doing quite well.






LOVE my face in this LOL




ahh, look at my handsome man!! :D










BIIIIG smiles!!


Also, here is a picture of my boyfriend riding him yesterday. These two love each other so much. Make me such a happy girl. :)


please only critique if something REALLY jumps out at you. I'm doing all of his training on my own and have no idea what I'm doing really. *sigh* But as you can see, things are actually going quite well. :)
 

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Also....

15 minutes after he arrived at my house:


(not me riding)

This was taken yesterday:

big grass belly, but looking a lot better in my opinion. :)
 

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he is very cute! :] I think the only thing that my eye keeps going to is your leg lol great position but it looks like you could drop your stirrups a hole or 2 and itd be more comfortable however thats personal reference hah :]
You seem to be doing a great job on him
 

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I think I would die if I dropped my stirrups more than a hole. XD I haven't been riding much the past year, so it really helps to have shorter stirrups. It's more of a comfort thing though.

TOTALLY get what you're saying though:)
 

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He sure is a cutie!!!
 

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haha I definitely understand wasn't saying you had to haha just that your legs look like youd be more comfy but understand that need for that security for awhile hah :]
 

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What are your plans for him?
I am planning on continuing the western stuff until him and I are more in shape. After that we will probably do some low level jumpers and dressage. If he were a little younger he could easily do 4' stuff (with training of course), he is a natural at jumping and loves it too.
 

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What a cutie, looks like your doing great with him :D can't wait to see more updates of him in the future.
Just curious, are you just riding him in the western saddle but putting english training on him (you mentiond you wanted to do low level jumping etc with him) or are you putting western training on him aswell? i'm just curious :D
 

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Thanks for the kandi comment!! <3 can't go a day without wearing it. Haha!!

Angie:
right now i'm just putting basic training on him, not really directed at any certain style of riding. BUT i do plan on putting western training on him. i want him to appeal to a 4H type home, as he is really good with kids/beginners (though he is still green).

I guess th best way to describe what i'm TRYING to do is basic dressage. i think dressage is going to be more important than anything, especially with this guy. He has a wonderful body, just needs to figure out how to REALLY use it.

as soon as i get the money i'm going to have a chiro out to work on him. i am hoping that it will help his insanely high headset at the trot. it's not nearly as bad at the walk and canter. he will collect and engage at those two gaits, just not at the trot yet. :( hopefully i can figure something out soon!! cause his high headset is NOT fun to ride LOL.

he also rushes really badly at the trot, but yesterday when i rode him i got him going at a nice working trot without any change in pace for about 4 round around the arena... going our BAD direction. such a smart guy!! <3
 
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