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  • Pictures/Video of the boy

    The fall weather makes them crazy, doesn't it? Andre was out there just givin' it heck so I dug the camera out. It's funny when he jumps the cavalleti pile himself after about 6 circles. I set the poles up and do trot work with him a couple times a week so apparently he felt the need to over-achieve and do a little on his own.


    A few photos from a month or so ago





    Yes, we had a boot malfunction there. He had a small abrasion on that leg, under the boot. Very small, but I can only guess that as he began to sweat, the salt made the abrasion uncomfortable. He had a stomping fit and spun the boot around, then was too touchy on the leg to let me take it off. He had to blast around for a few circles and get the hissy fit out of his system before he let me take it off.

    Anyway, he's doing really great, he is such a sweetheart. Loves everybody, happy to do anything in the world you ask, one of those horses that's just filled with youthful exuberance and brilliance.

    The trainer gave us really good compliments on his temperament and trainability. I've been hauling him around in the trailer to do different things, and he hops right in, so happy to be out and going somewhere.

    He's come a LONG way!
    http://www.hphoofcare.com/k1.jpg (The day I first went to look at him) He's turning into a total powerhouse, muscling up and getting fit. This was him in July http://www.hphoofcare.com/AndreJuly3091.jpg and the above links are more recent.

    Anyway, just wanted to share!

  • #2
    Wow! First off, he's gorgeous and secondly, you've done a great job- there's a huge difference in condition from that first pic to the now pics
    "As soon as you're born you start dyin'
    So you might as well have a good time"


    • #3
      He's beautiful. Yikes the video brought back memories - run and run and repeat whatever he had just been taught. Do Arab mares do this too? Or is it just the guys that feel the need to run?


      • #4
        he's beautiful he is MADE for endurance!


        • #5
          Wow! I love it when they do that. He is coming along so nicely, keep up the good work.


          • #6
            Think he has potential to be an Open Jumper?


            • Original Poster

              LOL Beasmom, probably not.

              His personality is so different than the mares. He remembers everything - doesn't challenge authority (boy that's a welcome change ), and he's so darned goofy. At feeding time, he'll pick up the feed pan in his teeth and show it to me. "Here, fill this thing up."

              His best friends are his 4 hens. They eat out of his feed tub and he moves over so they can shove him out of the way and eat their fill first. I have to get video because its hilarious. 4 hens standing up tall, reaching over the feed tub, then Andre in the middle of them.


              • #8
                We refer to the action in the video as "self conditioning"...


                • Original Poster

                  Yep, that's a good term for it. He does that just about daily. I reduced his grain way down, and upped the beet pulp now that he's in good weight.

                  I can't get over how different his personality is now, from the first time I went to see him. He was dull, grumpy, and lazy. I took about 30 photos of him, and the one I posted was one of only a whopping TWO where he did not have his ears pinned back. Not even the same horse now. Amazing what a good balanced feeding program does for an animal.


                  • #10
                    Can I just ask you his parentage lines? He's a handsome boy!

                    You said - 'Amazing what a good balanced feeding program does for an animal.'

                    ABSOLUTELY! He looks fantastic and you've done a great job bringing him along.


                    • Original Poster

                      His page is here http://www.hphoofcare.com/Andre.html There's a link to his pedigree, and other info.


                      • #12
                        If he cross canters a lot you may want to get that checked out (unless the difficulty is from the large testicles which i believe you mentioned elsewhere were interfering with his trotting ability).


                        • Original Poster

                          Originally posted by egontoast View Post
                          If he cross canters a lot you may want to get that checked out (unless the difficulty is from the large testicles which i believe you mentioned elsewhere were interfering with his trotting ability).
                          Actually, I see a horse screwing around in a paddock on a windy day, trying to run but still make the corner on time. I wouldn't judge a horse's canter by their half hearted hyper-horse, tail cranking gallop.


                          • #14
                            May I judge his canter by the other YouTube videos you've posted?

                            September 21 looks like a lovely day. Andre looks calm and relaxed.

                            And he cross canters often in both videos with that date. I paused the videos multiple times to make sure I wasn't seeing things wrong.

                            If he were mine, I'd have him evaluated by eyes more experienced than my own, just to rule out physical causes.
                            I'm not arguing, I'm just explaining why I'm right
                            Violence doesn't end violence. It extends it. Break the cycle.


                            • #15
                              Now that he's put on some weight, he looks even more fabulous!


                              • Original Poster

                                Thanks for the input everyone, though I didn't post videos asking for a critique of the horse's gaits. He has a LONG way to go in terms of conditioning and training. He's been evaluated by two trainers who did not mention anything of any concern. But perhaps that's because he was being asked to work correctly. He's a big horse who for 8 years has had no work or conditioning. As his training continues and I feel the need to ask for a critique on the animal's gaits, I'll let you ladies be the first to take a crack at it.

                                And if you've followed any of my threads or posts on him, you would know that he was allowed to develop a grazing foot on the right front, and I have been working hard to correct it through proper trimming. He was hi/low and showed shoulder asymmetry and general overall unbalance and crookedness. This has improved significantly but chiropractic will be explored before he is asked to do any measurable amount of under saddle work.

                                I started with a horse in poor condition and in need of major work in multiple areas. One thing at a time.

                                But, thanks for your concern


                                • #17
                                  Well, no, I haven't followed any of his threads. Was I supposed to be

                                  Suggesting that you look closer at him is NOT a critique of his gait, BTW. You'd know if I was critiquing him
                                  I'm not arguing, I'm just explaining why I'm right
                                  Violence doesn't end violence. It extends it. Break the cycle.


                                  • #18
                                    Oh dear! I looked at the pictures from your website, and I have to say, there is something very wrong with his front legs. I am no expert, but there is some unfortunate filling in the pastern and fetlock of the left front, and they are very upright, especially the left front. What's wrong!! His trim does not look even to me on the fronts, nor the rears. I'm sorry to see this, he seems so nice, but there is something wrong with his front legs. They look bad, or wrong or something. His trim looks really uneven. Too bad!!
                                    Airborne? Oh. Yes, he can take a joke. Once. After that, the joke's on you.


                                    • Original Poster

                                      LMAO AnotherRound. Care to reference the pictures to which you are referring? There is nothing "very wrong" with the horse's front legs. He does not have filling in his left front at all. Or in any of his legs for that matter. I have no clue what you are looking at. The only photo in which you can evaluate hooves at all was taken a few weeks after I got him, and if you will recall, YES I said his feet were a nightmare.


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by AnotherRound View Post
                                        Oh dear! I looked at the pictures from your website, and I have to say, there is something very wrong with his front legs. I am no expert, but there is some unfortunate filling in the pastern and fetlock of the left front, and they are very upright, especially the left front. What's wrong!! His trim does not look even to me on the fronts, nor the rears. I'm sorry to see this, he seems so nice, but there is something wrong with his front legs. They look bad, or wrong or something. His trim looks really uneven. Too bad!!
                                        I believe she might be referring to the photo on your website where you are tacking him up. It is the only photo that has a fairly clear view of his front legs.
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