Thursday, March 10, 2016

March Taran confo shots - he looks like a different horse!

Dec 23 2015

Feb 1 2016

March 6 2016

I didn't think there would be that much of a difference in the last month, but HOLY COW. Taran's got butt muscles on top of his butt muscles. His withers actually look HIGHER than his croup (whoa!), which is no longer sharp and pointy. Somehow he seems to have filled out underneath AND on top. He even looks like he's standing more balanced. He still has that weird lumpy muscle under his neck, but it's disappearing rapidly - and he seems to be filling in more in front of his shoulder. He's still got a long way to go with muscling right in front of his wither, but that will always be a challenge because of how low his neck is set. Still, it's filling in!

And just for funsies, here are some pictures of how his trot has changed:

Jan 27 2016

Feb 10 2016

March 5 2016

I can't even believe he's the same horse!

41 comments:

  1. Holy cow dude! Can I borrow your ability to make massive changes in a horse's way of going and musculature in two months? Pretty sure it took Connor two years to get from pic 1 to pic 3. Nice work!

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    1. Hahahaa... I'm pretty sure it's only because I've had so much help from my trainer!

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  2. Wow! A dramatic change for sure!

    How many rides on average a week have you been doing during this period? Just wondering what kind of saddle time it took to build those muscles in only a few months. (I clearly need to step up my game ;) )

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    1. Three on a bad/rainy week, six on a good week. Usually 4-5, but what's most important is that it's CORRECT work. I get a load of help from my trainer on this, because I struggle with ME being correct, much less trying to make HIM correct.

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  3. Holy cow! He looks so different! It's amazing what good, consistent work can do.

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    1. I rather doubt we'll be able to continue our current level of progress, but we're gonna try!

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  5. Amazing how quickly he's beefed up!

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    1. It's like the muscles moved around. The funny thing is, I haven't changed his feed AT ALL.

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  6. Big thumbs up for you! Damn, he is looking good.

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    1. Hopefully he'll look even better in the next few months!

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  7. Awesome job. The under neck from December seems to be going away too.

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    1. I'm hoping it continues to migrate to the TOP of his neck!

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    1. I'm so glad I took these pics, otherwise I really wouldn't have believed it!

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  9. He looks SO incredible. Geeze, it's taken me three years to get my horse to trot remotely like that, lol!

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    1. That trot's been in there the whole time, it was just a bit stuck. We had to unstick it!

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  10. He looks great! What breed is Taran?

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    1. Taran is out of a TBx mare, by a Fell Pony stallion. He was supposed to be a wee bit smaller than he is, lol!

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  11. HOLY CRAP that's an amazing transformation! Nicely done!

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    1. I had a lot of help in the form of an excellent trainer!

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  12. He looks incredible! I can't wait to see how he blossoms! Those butt muscles are swoonworthy. Yes, I just said that.

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    1. Haha, well, we'll see if we can make them even better!

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  13. WOW! That just goes to show you how great dressage is for our horses. he looks healthier even. :0)

    BTW - congrats on the show - I read, but I can't comment from work. :0)

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    1. Thanks! Interestingly, his diet has remained exactly the same.

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  14. you are doing a fantastic job!

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    1. I have a lot of really great help from my trainer.

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  15. so i know this is kind of an old post but i LOVE the trot progress pics - you can SEE his balance shifting back its AMAZING. good on you!

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    1. Thanks, I'm really having fun with the progress pics!

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  16. Belatedly doing blog reading catchup so am sure he looks even better now but hot dayum! Please come help me get my horses looking & working better

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    1. Haha, I've got my hands full with everyone here! It's just lots of consistent and correct riding... You can do it!

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    2. ^RIGHT?! Can I send my horse down to Texas please? ;-)

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