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  • Critique my new horse, please!

    Getting a new horse and would love insight into what you like, dislike, or would work on with him. The rider is NOT ME!! And yes. I know he has a pencil neck.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Od5mvueGZE
    "Here? It's like asking a bunch of rednecks which is better--Ford or Chevy?" ~Deltawave

  • #2
    He seems like a very nice boy! Don't worry about the neck, that will improve with good nutrition and correct work and conditioning. Good luck with him, he's handsome!
    Boyle Heights Kid 1998 16.1h OTTB Dark Bay Gelding
    Tinner's Way x Sculpture by Hail to Reason
    "Once you go off track, you never go back!"

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    • #3
      My problems with him are all training/conditioning, so congrats on finding a horse who can look a WHOLE lot nicer with some good correct work!

      I would stay off his back as much as possible - meaning, don't sit too deep in the saddle right now. Possibly do some long and low longeing. He has no topline and a weak looking back, more from lack of muscle than likely actual tendency to be weak there. He seems to be ridden in a frame, without consideration for his body. I'd not worry about head height/position, but work on teaching him to truly bend, and use that bending to help him learn to relax his body. Right now he travels croup high, but that's in large part due to the fact he's both hollow and tense in his back - helping him relax should help him be able to step under himself, and asking him to bend starting on large circles, then using the inside leg to ask him to step under himself will help him naturally start to better use his hind end. I would NOT sit his trot for at least 6 months, no matter how well you sit. Longer if he takes longer to build back strength.

      I think he has potential to be quite a cute mover, with good basic gaits, and congrats - he looks like a sweet boy!
      Originally posted by Silverbridge
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      • #4
        I got a new horse that was very underdeveloped and what helped was LONG and low stretching--I mean LONG REINS (as much as the horse will take and maintain connection).

        let him really lift his back and stretch. I would also do hills.

        Nice horse, I would not ride him as he is shown here till he has muscled out a lot-- perhaps a good 4-6 months depending on how fast he packs on the pounds. He could be ridden a bit more forward too but the L and L work will encourage that too.

        I also added a rice bran supplement to assist with the nutrition for his new workload.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by SendenHorse View Post
          I got a new horse that was very underdeveloped and what helped was LONG and low stretching--I mean LONG REINS (as much as the horse will take and maintain connection).

          let him really lift his back and stretch. I would also do hills.

          Nice horse, I would not ride him as he is shown here till he has muscled out a lot-- perhaps a good 4-6 months depending on how fast he packs on the pounds. He could be ridden a bit more forward too but the L and L work will encourage that too.

          I also added a rice bran supplement to assist with the nutrition for his new workload.
          I agree with this post completely. I always forget other people have hills...
          Originally posted by Silverbridge
          If you get anything on your Facebook feed about who is going to the Olympics in 2012 or guessing the outcome of Bush v Gore please start threads about those, too.

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          • #6
            If you dont cavaletis are great too

            This horse is lovely op... Listen to the above and i would add some cavaletis and youre golden
            ~~Member of the TB's Rule Clique ~~
            http://www.off-breed-dressage.blogspot.com/

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            • #7
              He has fantastic potential. Nice rhythm and freedom. With 200 more pounds and a solid training program, he will probably turn out fancy!
              www.destinationconsensusequus.com
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              • #8
                lovely horse!

                This horse has so much going for him, I don't know where to star, first" three good gaits, an excellent walk; very attractive trot, especially for an OTTB, good canter, too; raised cavaletti are definitely called for; first, lead him over the cavaletti, unmounted; then ride him over at a walk, in a light half seat, 2 point, or what ever you want to call it; he will want/ try to stretch down after; if you never do these at a trot, doesn't matter as he learns he is building his hind end and lumbar sacral portion of his back; give him time to figure out where to put his hind legs; this, learning period is important , too,if he has difficulty with this, put all the cavaletti FLAT also do the Tellington Touch leg circles will help; he has such a nice, free moving hind end, we want it to experience all the possibilities for movement/ use
                Last edited by Carol Ames; May. 8, 2012, 08:13 PM. Reason: typos
                breeder of Mercury!

                remember to enjoy the moment, and take a moment to enjoy and give God the glory for these wonderful horses in our lives.BECAUSE: LIFE is What Happens While Making Other Plans

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                • #9
                  I couldn't help but notice that the video is from 2009 - 2.5 years ago. What does he look like now?

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                    Originally posted by paintlady View Post
                    I couldn't help but notice that the video is from 2009 - 2.5 years ago. What does he look like now?
                    He looks like that, but probably with even less muscle. He has been sitting in a pasture doing not much for 2 or 3 years. Should I not ride at all until he gets more weight? He is not ribby, just underconditioned.
                    "Here? It's like asking a bunch of rednecks which is better--Ford or Chevy?" ~Deltawave

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Carol Ames View Post
                      This horse has so much going for him, I don't know where to star, first" three good gaits, an excellent walk; very attractive trot, especially for an OTTB, good canter, too; raised cavaletti are definitely called for; first, lead him over the cavaletti, unmounted; then ride him over at a walk, in a light half seat, 2 point, or what ever you want to call it; he will want/ try to stretch down after; if you never do these at a trot, doesn't matter as he learns he is building his hind end and lumbar sacral portion of his back; give him time to figure out where to put his hind legs; this, learning period is important , too,if he has difficulty with this, put all the cavaletti FLAT also do the Tellington Touch leg circles will help; he has such a nice, free moving hind end, we want it to experience all the possibilities for movement/ use
                      Second this! Great advice.

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                      • #12
                        The topline and neck with come with time and correct work. That has been my own experience with my OTTB who, while fit when I got her, was on the lean side.

                        The fastest way to progress with a horse like this is to go slow in the beginning. Get the rhythm and balance down and then all of a sudden things will click and be much easier then trying to force them early on.. Advice I got from a clinician I worked with a number of years ago.

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                        • #13
                          My OTTB went from this:
                          http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...lmost1year.jpg

                          To this:
                          http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...d/DSC00013.jpg
                          http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...Picture029.jpg

                          Boyle Heights Kid 1998 16.1h OTTB Dark Bay Gelding
                          Tinner's Way x Sculpture by Hail to Reason
                          "Once you go off track, you never go back!"

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                            #14
                            Ok, caveletti , long and low, lunging, and groceries Thanks! And BoyleHeightsKid that is quite a transformation, hope I can follow in your footsteps! I couldn't believe seeing all that potential just sitting in a pasture next to some rusty farm equipment
                            "Here? It's like asking a bunch of rednecks which is better--Ford or Chevy?" ~Deltawave

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