Saturday, October 9, 2010

A True Multi Purpose Horse!

Magnum as a couch AND a boat.

Magnum as a snow drift. Ps. He's the one on the left.

Magnum as a bulldozer.

Is that what I think it is?

Nope! People be more aware of your backgrounds. Also, there is a lot of programs to alter or hide small (or big *giggle giggle*) things.

Incorrect use of a palate.

Palates are great for stacking things on to get it off the ground; hay for instance. They are not good as obstacles, or in this case as a hazard, when free lunging your horse. But if you do freelunge your horse with a palate dangerously in it's path, be sure to take a picture and post it on your sales ad.

Splish splash...

Cute to you. Not cute to people who have to scrub troughs. Do you want someone to buy your horse? Think people.

New Foal Harness!

I'm pretty sure that is not how the manufacturer of that halter meant it to be used. Maybe halter makers should start attaching safety instructions and warnings on their halters? I hope this foal is not turned out with that thing on.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Bikini Blunder - Oh Dear Lord!

Oh those cute, young, skinny hunter girls showing off their midriffs whilst taking their show horse for a cool summer swim at the local lake...this is not one of them! Nor is it near a lake. Pictures you choose for your sales ad should highlight your horse not detract or distract from it.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tisk, tisk...

A double no-no here. Grazing pictures do not make any horse look good and shouldn't be used for advertisement unless you want to prove that it eats grass. Secondly, you don't turn out your horse in standing wraps. And you don't go take a picture of it and think to yourself, boy this would be a great picture to use on!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Nice horse, decent turnout, nice pix, but what about you?

Camouflage? Really? With a matching hat even?

Horse Name Huntin In Color
Price $17,500
Location Plant City, Florida
Breed(s) Paint (Overo)
Sex Gelding
Height 16.1 hands
Foal Date Apr 1996
Markings Tobiano

No, no, no, no, NO!

Don't advertise your pony as a hunter prospect and show it jumping like this. To be a hunter, it has to do more than just get over the fence.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Farrier knows best?

I recently adopted a 4 year old TB from the track and have found that he will not suit what I adopted him for. I intended to use him for lower level Eventing, but my farrier, after shoeing him a few times, has told me that he is better suited to a trail/companion horse. The soles of his front feet are too soft to hold up to the rigors of Eventing and showing. He has never offered me a buck or rear while I've been on his back and is extremely willing to learn. Once he learns something he tries his best to continue to do it. He does have a bowed tendon, and while he has not been lame on it, I feel he still thinks that he will feel pain once pressure is put on it. I currently ride him with a crop and spurs, he collects at the walk and trot, has trouble with the left lead (front leg has bowed tendon) and will collect going to the right at a canter if asked. I have jumped over a few cross rails with him and he has gorgeous knees for his size (17 hands and BIG bodied). I do feel like jumping is not something that he should do on a regular basis, maybe just jumping over logs on the trails. I have trail ridden him alone and he has been great. He does look and snorts but has never done anything mean. If someone is willing to put a month or so into him to get him more used to w/t/c I feel he could make a great husband horse. I'm 5'10" and I feel small on him! A contract will have to be signed and I will want the right to come see him. If he for some reason doesn't work out for the person who adopts him, I will take him back immediately. Please contact me with any questions and I also have pictures and a video of him available.

Has your farrier tried other options like pads? Better yet, have you talked to a licensed veterinarian? A farrier does not need any formal training to call himself a farrier. A vet, on the other hand, has to successfully complete 8 years of formal education to earn their title. The key to managing a horse like this is to consult with both, make a plan, and try different options until you find one that works.

I have a feeling this lady is either not educated well enough to manage a horse or isn't quite telling the whole story about this fella. Either way, he'll probably be better off with someone else, unless the meat man comes with his trailer and she doesn't bother to check references. Good luck, boy!