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  1. Just Thought Id Sneak This In

    He looks so good! Looks as if you have discovered some natural horsemanship. I have been playing in Parelli and am amazed at how much fun that me and my Andalusian cross (fun left brain extravert) and Tb (timid and shy right brain introvert) are having together. My Tb also has trust issues and has totally came out of his shell. I love how it has enhanced my dressage riding. you have a gorgeous boy there! Keep up the good work!
  2. Cute Video

    I am very ashamed of myself as a rider now! [Duh]
  3. Akota's Amigo, Hoof Photos

    Thank you SO MUCH Audrey for posting them for me. (I may need your assistance for the "afters") [Question] Missyclaire, Thank you as well for the advice. I'll post after pics just as soon as I get them done . (He's still learning how to pick up his feet so I am taking it slow with him. ) Thanks again guys! [smiley Wavey]
  4. New Guy. Feet Thoughts?

    Here's my new boy I bought this weekend. He's a 5 y.o. Andalusian/Appendix cross. He has been barefoot his whole life, but I don't think he's had much trim care. Before I trim a little to make him more comfortable until my trimmer comes in 3 weeks, can you guys check out his feet and let me know if you see any red flags? Thanks in advance! Fronts today and then I'll do backs in a couple more days as he's not good with picking up his feet and I am taking it slow with him How do i put pics on the new format ?
  5. Looking Through Some Old Stuff.

    Lovely horses. Nice floaty trot on your girl....and the other one......a SAINT! Everyone needs one of those! [Angel]
  6. New Guy. Feet Thoughts?

    I give up. No matter what I try, photobucket just won't work with me. Anyone interested in looking can pm me and I'll give them a guest password. My computer is disfunctional! (maybe it's me?!) [bang Head]
  7. New Guy. Feet Thoughts?

    I think it's my computer. Whenever I try to go down from the picture to the last box underneath to right click and copy, it disappears! My computer is the problem I think. The box won't stay long enough for me to right click!
  8. Hero's Big Day

    That just ABSOLUTELY made my day! I am so excited for you guys! Your love for your boy sure shines through in his care and nice party! Give that cute boy a kiss on the nose for me! [Huggy]
  9. Missyclair

    I sent you a pm. [Jump]
  10. New Guy. Feet Thoughts?

    For some reason photobucket won't let me copy the photo links.
  11. Flares

    I have also been checking into this and if you go to youtube and type in "trimming from the top A WARNING" this gal shares a lot of insight on it. (her username on youtube is "thehappyhoof". Her videos are really cool to watch. She explains things really well. But like she says it isn't like in the wild a horse ever walks up to a rock and starts shaving down the outside of his hoof ever and then goes on to say this is totally opposite of "natural" This in turn thins out the outer structures and does allow for the inner structures of the wall to begin to allow flairing. She also states that a lot of trimmers seem to continuously see flairs and this is the very reason why. Check out all her videos. They are very interesting!
  12. Critique My Horse

    I wouldn't say he is a "crappy" mover, but maybe not a "10" He is a little short up front and doesn't seem to use his shoulders well (which is probably conformational) He uses his backend well however and that is always a big plus! He looks like a really kind boy!
  13. Ponies In The Snow!

    looks so pretty! We got a dusting here, but not enough to really take pics. Maybe next time!
  14. Critique Horse Please

    Here's an Andalusian cross gelding I bought. Can't wait for him to ship here! Tell me what you think! Look him up on youtube under Amigo 009 and Amigo 008 Thanks in advance!
  15. Critique Horse Please

    Thanks for the compliments. He is my favorite color! He's only 4 and been sat on twice with very little ground work, so I'm pretty much getting a blank slate (which I much prefer to baggage). I am going to start him as if he knows absolutely nothing. Proper lungeing is def. high on my list. May not be doing too much "real" riding til Spring. I like to take things slowly. thanks again!
  16. Heel First Landing

    I have a 9 y.o. Tb gelding who has been barefoot his whole life. Long story short he was pasture trimmed until I got him about a year or so ago and has recieved a barefoot trim since. His left front is flatter and has a less steep angle then right front. Right front is developing nice concavity and is a tad steeper in angle. Flares have been addressed and balance is coming along well also. My question is, should he be landing heel first or is it o.k. that he is landing "flat". He isn't landing toe first, but isn't throwing his fronts forward and coming down heel first. What could be causing this and what can we do to help encourage the heel first landing?
  17. Heel First Landing

    thanks for ALL the info. I have always dealt with Tb's. I've never paid much attention to heel first landings though until the last couple years since I've been barefooting. I now see a lot who land toe first or flat but not really any who land heel first. interesting.I want to add pics for critique, but still haven't mastered the art of posting pics with the board having changed and all. Thanks again though for all you help
  18. Hello, Thought I'd Stop And Introduce Myself

    What a cutie pie! I love her! Welcome to the board! Kiss-My friend (a Tb breeder) had a Tb gelding who also gained spots every year. Apparently there is a Tb line that has that characteristic. Can't remember which one.... but he had new spots every time he shed out for spring!
  19. Concavity

    My horse has been barefoot his whole life and has had a "barefoot" trim for the past year. He is 9. He is a Tb. that I do dressage and jumping with. My question is this. Would there be a reason he is building more concavity in his right front than his left front? The size of the right front is also smaller than the left front. He is sometimes a tad bit "off" at the beginning of a ride and esp. on harder surfaces. We've been addressing flares and such for the past year now and are finally starting to see a nice foot on this guy. It just seems to be taking much more time for his left front to build concavity. Should I be concerned? He is on turnout 24/7 and I ride him an average of 3-4 times a week (more when possible). Is this normal? Thanks for any info. I will try posting pics soon.
  20. Critique Please

    Here are a couple videos of me on a nine year old Tb gelding I rode for the first time yesterday. I really like this guy and am thinking of getting him for myself. (He belongs to a friend) Please critique my riding and tell me if he looks like a good dressage mount (for me). Thanks in advance! (BTW he had a couple rough riders lately who have caused him to be cautious with his mouth and toss his head a bit. He is being worked with on this though and he is getting more confident with every ride)
  21. Critique Please

    Thanks for the compliment. I hope I get him, but I have to sell my current horse first. However, I told my friend if someone comes along before me to go ahead and sell him. I know she needs the cash right now (as we all do) and it's really hard to sell a horse right now. So we'll see!
  22. Critique Please

    Thanks so much for all the help! I'm going to ride (hopefully the same horse) today and I will work on that!
  23. Critique Please

    I went back and re-read what you typed and now it makes sense. ( i can be blonde at times) You are not referring to my shoulder position, but to the way I post with my hips. I need to alow them to come up and more toward the pommel instead of up and down. Got it now! Thanks!
  24. Critique Please

    here's a pic from that day Wow. I didn't realize that you can sit too vertical. I used to ride a tad bit bent forward at the hip (due to past hunter training) and I have been drilled to sit up straighter. I always thought sitting some forward actually drove your seat bones backwards and makes your seat less effective. I do tend to sit a bit forward on the greenies that are just simply working on forward. maybe I'm misunderstanding my instruction though. I was actually told not too long ago that I ride "upside down" by sitting forward so I have been really concentrating on sitting taller and allowing my hips to do more work and less with my shoulders. Maybe I'll get it all right someday! (Just as soon as I think I've got it right though is usually when I realize I've got a LOT to learn) Thanbks again for all the replies! I do want to be a good, effective rider.
  25. Critique Please

    Thanks for the compliments! He can use his neck aginst you if he chooses, but once he trusts his rider, he softens and goes well. I don't think he'll ever be a horse you can put muliple riders on and get the best out of him. He seems to prefer one rider and then locks in to that rider. His trot is heavenly and his canter is just as nice, but I've not ridden it myself yet. I didn't have much time this particular day.