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Updated pictures of Sky, the horse I rescued at Auction....

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  • #21
    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!
    "You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
    you have a right to be here." ~ Desiderata by Max Ehrmann


    • #22
      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.


      • #23
        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!
        “If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?”
        ? Rumi


        • #24
          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.


          • Original Poster

            An update on our Rescue horse, 5 weeks later....

            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?


            • #26
              Wow! What a difference! He's even gained wt. in his legs
              Looks like a Pony Express contender to me


              • #27
                I couldn't open the video but the pics are fabulous! (well, the newer ones!)
                a 501(c)3 organization helping 501(c)3 equine rescues


                • #28
                  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!


                  • #29
                    He looks great...and what a handsome guy too.
                    Sure, why not try dressage with him? Your tetst may be done in world record time though.
                    You jump in the saddle,
                    Hold onto the bridle!
                    Jump in the line!


                    • Original Poster

                      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.


                      • #31
                        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!
                        Monty & Theo http://community.webshots.com/album/...tneese?start=0



                        • #32
                          He sure looks happy to me! Good for you.
                          "You gave your life to become the person you are right now. Was it worth it?" Richard Bach


                          • #33
                            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


                            • Original Poster

                              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.


                              • #35
                                re: cheek piece

                                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!


                                • #36
                                  I combined the threads on Sky--congratulations!


                                  • #37
                                    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!
                                    Don't wrassle with a hog. You just get dirty, and the hog likes it.

                                    Collecting Thoroughbreds - tales of a re-rider and some TBs


                                    • #38
                                      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.


                                      • #39
                                        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.


                                        • Original Poster

                                          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.