In person I don't think his feet look too long. I know the owner mentioned a few weeks ago that she was going to get his feet done more often now that he was being ridden regularly again. He doesn't show anymore and was barely getting ridden until I started leasing. I'm not sure with Winter if the farrier's been out. I'll check the next time I'm there, but I think this was more of a leg issue than a foot issue. The owner is very attentive and takes excellent care of the horses from what I can tell so far. Strider doesn't even have any creaking or popping joints, he's in great flesh and has a beautiful coat. She said he's always been very sound--but he is getting older and it is Winter and he's a horse.I hate to point this stuff out but his fronts are really long! Could be farrier delays because of the winter. Could be that as an arab show horse they leave them long to get more leg action - but if his backs are long too could cause tripping.
he is a cute horse though
Yea, thanks! I've been riding English for a year and a half and it's only the last 3 months I've been going Western again like in the old days. I am looking forward to the freedom of movement in the English saddle--being able to move my legs more--but then, they are also less secure. LOL I felt a little claustrophobic in the saddle I've been riding in, when I first stated. Now I'm used to that again. It will be god to switch back and forth to keep all part of my body and balance sharp.Awww, love the Christmas photos! Too cute! And congrats on the new saddle. Just take your time, at the walk, to get used to the English saddle. It won't take you long!
Yea, I thought so too, but the owner says no, just one day per week. 4-H is pretty laid back, it's youth only and Strider has years of experience in the show circuit, in both dressage and Western Pleasure so I guess he won't need a lot of training time. And the girl is already a talented rider according to the owner. Frankly, I'm just more than a little jealous. i would have KILLED to be that teenager. I was working at a large horse facility as a teenager and rode 2-3 times per week, but just trails and there was no hope of ever showing.This sounds like an ideal situation. I am not sure if I remember how old Stryder is but 3 days a week doesn't seem too unreasonable. You may find though that the girl wanting to show him may want to ride more than once per week. Certainly that is something that can be addressed if/when it happens