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Ok, well since I know everyone has been absolutely DYING to get a new Heidi update I figured I would give in haha!

She has been doing wonderful!! Steadily gaining weight and becoming more of a gem every day :) Before I blast you guys with pictures though I want to tell you about my super awesome fun time that I had this past Saturday! Of course I was at the barn almost all day...because I have to no life apart from work and school so that's what I do lol. I was taking Heidi for her usual walk and decided to show her some new stuff. I took her into the round pen and had her check it out. She started following me around like a little puppy, it was so cute. Kept nudging me if I walked away and stopped somewhere else :) And there happened to be a mounting block in there for some reason. Well I walked her over to it, she didn't have a care in the world, so I put her lead rope on her halter like a pair of reins (just clipping/tying it to both sides) and then went to stand on the mounting block. I wanted to see what she thought if I was suddenly "higher" than her. She could have cared less! I started stroking her on both sides while leaning over her gently and she didn't budge! The I decided "what the heck" and laid over her back taking my weight off of the mounting block to see what she would do, but being gentle enough in case I had to side off quickly...she stood like a champ! She actually turned back to look at me and nudged me and then turned he head straight again almost as if to say "it's ok"...it made my day!!! Heck it made my YEAR! lol. I did the same thing again in the big ring (the *scarier* ring lol) and she was just as well behaved! Heck if I didn't think she was still too skinny I would have given anythingto just jump on her and walk around :) :)

I just had to share that :) And I also tried on a bridle on her to see if she would accept it and she REACHED for the bit! She knew exactly what to do and I almost cried because of the proud look on her face..."I;m ready Mom! Let's go!!" What a sweetheart :)

Ok...I'm done babbling! onto the pictures!! YAYAYAYAY! haha...First a review of what we started with...and just an FYI, tomorrow (the 29th) I will have had Heidi for exactly 1 month...how much improvement do you guys see??



The first day:



and NOW!










Sorry for the overload!!! LOL
 

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Wow, she looks so much healthier! A few more months and she'll be as good as new. :)
 

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She's gorgeous! What breed is she? :)
 

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Thanks everyone :)

Honestly, your guess on breed is as good as mine! She was confiscated via a County Animal Services Patrol so her history is unknown other that from the day they got her. We were thinking either TB/Cross or even Standardbred...leaning more towards STB the more she fills out!

SCG93- I know the clip looks funny lol! We live in FL and the weather still has a really bad habit of being quite indecisive on wether it wants to be 80+ degrees and humid or 45 degrees and windy...she was still sweating pretty badly up front on the hotter days because she is pretty fuzzy...but with the weather getting cooler I didn't want to take away all of her fuzz since there is not a whole lot of "horse" there to keep her warm! So it's pretty much an "air conditioning" clip if that makes any sense?
 

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I think she'd a STB judging by her back :)
 

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Oooh, look how shiney her clipped area is! Diet's taking effect ;D She's filled out quite a bit!
 

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Definitely a big improvement :D She certainly looks a lot brighter in spirit even!!!

Can I throw this out there, as far as breed? the way she carries herself, she definitely has Arabian influence; she could possibly be NSH (national show horse) which is Saddlebred and Arabian cross.
 

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mom2pride, we didn't think of that just because I've been around ASB's and Arabs and NSH's quite a long time and she just really didn't remind me of it...My appy mare used to trot around flagging her tail like that too lol! Her build just isn't as "refined" as most NSH's that I have been around...but who knows! haha...she's my Heinz 57 :)
 

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aw shes cute. still a bit to go in the rib area but she looks much much better. good job =D . shes got the same bump ginger does.. do you know what it is ? no ones given me a direct answer haha. ( i circled the bump im talking about, http://i48.tinypic.com/fks87n.jpg )

id say shes gotta have some tb in her she has that thin / lean build. i wouldent be surprised if she was 100% tb.
 

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She looks so cute in that video. That high tail scream Arabian, but she does look like a Standardbred. I love how she just stands there and looks in at you at the end like, "what do you want me to do now?" Is she as sweet as she looks? Great job.
 

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I believe the "bump" you are talking about is in fact where the horse has little to no fat/muscle anymore. As they fill out weight wise and become conditioned that "bump" will not be visible. I have seen it in many horses and it seems like it's always the last sign of malnourishment to leave. She looks great now (looks STB or TB to me!). In a few more months she wont even look like the same horse and her energy and spirits will soar!
 

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Thank you everyone for your kind comments :)

YES!! She is definitely as sweet as she looks :) She has come a long long way already in this short time frame! The video was actually a "lazy" day believe it or not haha!

That bump that she has right now is because she has no muscle, fat or anything covering her spine...I will attach a pictures...it is actually the spot on the hore where the sacral vertebrae and the lumbar vertebrae meet and have a little "dip" (also hip conjoining area, etc).

Her's is there due to malnutrition ad being nothign but a skeleton with fur at first...there is a nother reason for a "bum" in tha area which is a hunter's bump. Usually comes by starting a horse too early, working them too har too early, etc...it's not necessarilly "common" in TB's but I hae seen quite a few OTTB's with them, aso jumpers and hunters (hence the name) that were over jumped too early of an age, etc. It usually doesn't effect their way of going, some it causes discomfort. Each horse is different. Usually with a good toplin you can barely tell or not at all if a horse used to have/has one.

We think she is also a STB, or at least a TB crosss since her legs are actually not as "refined" as most TB's, and her structure in general. She still looks 'slender' because she still has a few more hundred pounds top pack on lol!

I really apprecaie your kind feedback guys :) It makes it worthwhile to see ehr happy and beaming now, not like when she came! SHe could barely walk when she first came :( it was pitiful!
 
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