View Full Version : Updated pictures of Sky, the horse I rescued at Auction....

Nov. 27, 2007, 03:54 PM
I know it has only been one week, but I think he has made a HUGE improvement, not only in his looks, but he has gotten soooooo sweet, and he has started trusting me so much more. Anyhow I just wanted to post new pictures of him:

first of all here he was the day after we got him (Last Saturday)

Today before I took his blanket off (I just thought he looked so cute with the blanket on):

And without the blanket:

And then I thought this was just a cute photo of him and our Quarter Horse stallion sharing a moment together:

So do you think he has made some good improvements? I can't wait to get another week behind us. :D

Nov. 27, 2007, 03:59 PM
Is that seriously just a ONE WEEK difference? WOW! :) Nice job, he look great!

Hampton Bay
Nov. 27, 2007, 04:00 PM
I would never have thought that was just one week's difference! He looks great!

Nov. 27, 2007, 04:01 PM
Yes it is just one week. I could not believe how much better he looked when I took off the blanket. I have not seen him the entire week because he has been blanketed so today was the first time I saw the drastic change. I am so excited because that means he was thin just due to them not taking good care of him and not due to him just being that thin type horse. They had told me they never could get weight on him, but I proved it is possible in just one week. I am so excited about the change. I will post new pictures in another week.

Nov. 27, 2007, 04:03 PM
Wow, his coat looks so nice in the newer pics! what a lucky horse!! :)

So have you done any dressage or english riding on him yet?

Nov. 27, 2007, 04:06 PM
No not yet, I am just starting to learn about all this new type of riding, I have always done western riding so this is new to me. But I did find a Dressage trainer that lives just a few streets over from me and I will be taking him to her place later this week for our first evaluation. I am so excited and nervous :confused:

Nov. 27, 2007, 04:16 PM
Sky looks amazing....much better after a week of good nutrition.
I also rescued a very underweight horse. Our vet estimated he was a 2.0 on the Henneke Body Condition Scale. By the end of 1 week he had gained 60#. by the end of 1 month he had gained over #120. He is now close to his ideal weight of #1400 after 2 mths and looks like a different horse. Take weekly photos and weight tape him to track his progress...you will be amazed how different he will look in a very short time. Best of luck with your new addition.

Nov. 27, 2007, 04:47 PM
HE LOOKS GREAT!!! :eek: I can't believe thats one week either. Good job. We need more horsepeople willing to take care of their animals like you :yes: Congrats and Good luck with him.

Nov. 27, 2007, 04:54 PM
Thanks :). I am very pleased with him. I am thinking I probably will not keep him just mostly because I have enough horses and I don't know anything about this type of riding and I would like to take some lessons on a horse that knows his stuff lol.
Plus I am breeding my Quarter Horse mare to a Friesian stallion next year and plan on keeping this foal for learning Dressage.
I am breeding this mare:

To this stallion in 08. I am very excited about the foal. I have always wanted a Friesian cross.

Nov. 27, 2007, 04:59 PM
He looks great!

Is your buckskin out of Scottish Bart?

Nov. 27, 2007, 05:03 PM
No. Scotty is actually not a buckskin, he has been tested and does not carry the creme gene, he is an Amber Champagne, and he is registered with the ICHR and the AQHA, but his AQHA papers say he is Buckskin but then under the marking section it says this stallion carries the Champagne dilution. Anyhow we are really big into the champagne Quater Horses, cutting and roping lines. So Sky needless to say is something very new to us lol.

Nov. 27, 2007, 05:44 PM
Absolutely incredible that that is just a one week difference. Looks like a totally different horse. Just goes to show what good feed can do. Wow. And kudos to you.

Plus, lovely mare also. Looks like you may have a nice Friesian cross for '09. Good luck with that!

strawberry roan
Nov. 27, 2007, 05:55 PM
He looks great after only a week!! And I like your little dog I see in the background! :D:D

Nov. 27, 2007, 06:52 PM
Great job! Isn't it fun??

I have a buckskin QH gelding who is very blocky, and the "semi-rescue" horse I got is also a chestnut with a blaze (wider, and he has 1 1/2 blue eyes). But if I took a pic of my two, it would look very like yours of your horse and the stallion!

I didn't take "before" pics of my guy, and I really wish now that I had. Keep a good record of his "recovery", you'll get a lot of satisfaction out of it.

Keep up the good work!

Nov. 27, 2007, 07:01 PM
Good Job!

Nov. 27, 2007, 07:08 PM

I commend you!

You can see it in his eyes that he knows that he is "home" now!

Nov. 29, 2007, 12:15 PM
Amazing! What's your secret? Looks shiny too- like he's been getting a lot of good grooming. Very cute- congrats!

Nov. 29, 2007, 12:34 PM
Lots of love! Just spending time with him and petting him, talking to him, now for feeding he gets two flakes of alfalfa in the moning one in the afternoon and two in the evening, then two scoops of Equine Junior grain in the morning and again in the evening. And he has had a blanket on for a full week so that is probably what helps his coat to looks so good. Also he was wormed just after we bought him so that might have something to do with it also. He is so sweet and gentle.

But I got that new english bridle I bought on ebay for him, so I am going out to try it on here in a little bit. I will take pictures of it one him. I won't ride today way to windy. But tomorrow is suppose to be pretty so I am hoping to get some riding pictures tomorrow. I will post them.

DressageGeek "Ribbon Ho"
Nov. 29, 2007, 02:23 PM
He looks MARVELOUS!!!

Nov. 29, 2007, 03:22 PM
Ok here are the pictures of the new bridle on Sky:

So what I would like to know is, what did I buy in this Bridle? They advertised it as a trining bridle and it is easy to change out bits, that was what I really liked about it. But what kind of Bridle is it, I mean does it have a name? I am calling it an English Bridle but I don't know if that is correct.

And I know I said I was not going to ride him today because it was so windy and cold, but after I got the bridle on he was so good while I adjusted it and so quite, I thought I wonder if he would allow Bare Back riding, so I walked him over to a bale of hay and climbed up on him, he just stood quite and then we walked around the pen. I spent more time on him this time trying to figure out what all he knows, He side passes, and does a half pass, I have seen some dressage horses don't know what you call it. He is a little rusty on it but just a few lessons and he should have it done pretty good I think. I only walked him today, I don't want to push him to hard right away. I wish I could have gotten pictures of me riding him, but I was the only one out there and did not have anyone to work the camera. But tomorrow I will get pictures and post them :). He is just turning out to be this awsome horse!

OH also do I have the bridle on him right? Should it be tighter or looser? I am only use to western bridles so this one kind of confused me lol.

Nov. 29, 2007, 04:15 PM
That is a fancy stitch snaffle bridle. Never seen one with bit clips, but it sure looks handy.

With an english bit you want to see two small wrinkles on the side of his mouth. From the first picture it looks like the bridle could go up a hole on each side. He looks very smashing in his new bridle though. :) Keep up the good work!

Nov. 29, 2007, 04:25 PM
Wow good job. He looks a nice type of horse.
The bridle type is commonly used by jumpers (well here in NZ anyway :) )
Not a bridle you would use for dressage but perfectly fine for training.

Agree with the last poster that the bit needs to come up a notch.

Is he a TB?

Edited to add Just relooked at the pic. The bridle is actually too long in the cheek pieces. I see it cannot go up another notch. The buckles for a correct fit should sit about level with the eye.
So you need another bridle with shorter cheek pieces.

Nov. 29, 2007, 05:39 PM
Along with tracking his weight it is fun and informative to take a few additional measurements.
With a cloth measuring tape measure his forearm on each side.
His neck at the throat latch, middle and base.
measure the length on his neck top and bottom.
Measure around the gaskin (sp?) just above the hock and them at a spot just before it ties into the body.
These measurements are so interesting. What you will initially find is that your horse is much more muscled on one side than the other from his natural crooked --ness... :) As you train correctly he will begin to not only get bigger (or smaller like the throatlatch measurement does or the bottom of the neck) but the numbers will begin to even out.
Your horse looks great. Keep us posted!

Nov. 29, 2007, 05:59 PM
He is seriously cute.

The bit needs to go up a smidge--you can get shorter cheekpieces or just have those ones shortened by you local cobbler or leather person.

But what a sweet looking beastie. :yes:

Jan. 10, 2008, 02:36 PM
Hi, some of you might remember when I first posted, that we had bought his beautiful gelding at auction. I was posting about him because I was not sure what area to take with him, Dressage, jumper, barrel ect.

Anyhow here he was when I first posted:

And now 5 weeks later:

He was the one that was a GS of Special Effort. Anyhow I just thought I would post an update about him. He is doing fantastic now.

Here is a video I took of him today:

so do you still think he has a shot at Dressage? Or should I go more for a speed event?

Jan. 10, 2008, 03:00 PM
Wow! What a difference! He's even gained wt. in his legs :lol:
Looks like a Pony Express contender to me :winkgrin:

DressageGeek "Ribbon Ho"
Jan. 10, 2008, 03:06 PM
I couldn't open the video but the pics are fabulous! (well, the newer ones!)

Jan. 10, 2008, 03:12 PM
It's kinda hard to tell from the video cause he's racing around so much, the trot he does do looks good, but is taht because he's all hyped up? We'd need to see what he really moves like under calm circumstances I think to make a good judgement.

He looks vastly better than he did when you got him, you've done a great job in 5 weeks!

Jan. 10, 2008, 03:13 PM
He looks great...and what a handsome guy too. :yes:
Sure, why not try dressage with him? Your tetst may be done in world record time though. :winkgrin:

Jan. 10, 2008, 03:18 PM
Yea he was running like crazy because he felt really good. That was his first time out in the pen to stretch his legs and he did that for sure lol. I will let him spend some of that energy and then get some good videos of him just doing a nice trot or something when he is not so excited.

Jan. 10, 2008, 04:09 PM
EXCELLENT! Good job to you! He looks great, and I think he will be succesful at whatever you choose to do with him. Good luck!

Jan. 10, 2008, 04:53 PM
He sure looks happy to me! Good for you.

Jan. 10, 2008, 05:48 PM
He looks terrific! And such a happy boy :)

I would start with good flatwork using correct dressage principles. That way he'll have a solid foundation for whatever discipline you (or he) choose.

Good luck and great job so far :)

Jan. 10, 2008, 05:54 PM
Ok got a new video of my husband riding him this afternoon. I would have rode him but I am sick :(. Anyhow here are some pictures of my husband riding him:

And here is the video:

So can you get a better idea of his potential now? Thanks so much.

Jan. 10, 2008, 07:55 PM
If your cheek piece on the bridle attaches to the snap clip the same way as the reins do (i.e., hook stud), you can just take off the snap/clip and attach the cheek piece directly to the bit, which should make the cheek piece the right length. Saves you from replacing it or having it shortened.

Very cute boy! He's going to turn out to be a very nice horse, whatever direction he goes!

Moderator 1
Jan. 11, 2008, 09:50 AM
I combined the threads on Sky--congratulations!

Jan. 11, 2008, 10:00 AM
He looks cute and athletic. And he looks happy and well cared-for! You really plucked a nice one out of that auction, and it looks like you're going to be rewarded handsomely for your good deed! :D

Jan. 11, 2008, 10:09 AM
Shoot. Now I want to go to the auction. He looks fantastic- well done! I think that no matter what you decide to do with him, dressage is a great foundation and will help prepare him for anything. :)

Jan. 11, 2008, 11:28 AM
He's a lovely horse, congratulations on rescuing him. :)

Can I pass on a word of advice about his rug? It is sitting behind his withers and could cause a lot of pressure or even damage to his back if it is pulling tight. You may want to look and see if you have any that are made for a narrower chested horse as one of those would probably fit him better.

Jan. 11, 2008, 01:39 PM
Thanks. and I know that blanket was to big for him. But we had a really cold week that week and the store did not have anything that fit him, but they said they had a shipment coming in that week, so I just used a blanket i had that was really to big for him. But his blanket that he has now fits him perfect, I think the one in the picture was like an 82" and he is in an 80". He does so good for putting the blanket on, I don't even need a lead or halter, I just put it on and he just stands there and waits for me to finish. He is such good boy. :D

Jan. 11, 2008, 02:47 PM
He looks fabulous. The fact that the first thing you did with this sweet-looking fella is take him to the vet speaks volumes about your horsemanship. Good for you!

Keep us posted!

Wild Oaks Farm
Jan. 11, 2008, 06:00 PM
I love the pictures of your husband on him! :D

This horse is TOOOO cute. I love him. I would love to see how he does in dressage. Please keep us posted!