He was a pretty rough customer, since he hadn't been ridden consistently in quite some time. He was muscled upside-down, and had no topline at all.
December 23, 2015
After just a month, his topline had improved dramatically and his butt was starting to fill in.
February 1, 2016
By March, the giant muscle on the bottom of his neck was becoming less prominent as his topline continued to fill in.
March 6, 2016
He started looking more like a normal horse in April, although this particular picture looks even better because his neck is stretched out...
April 10, 2016
Our May pic was kind of awkward, but you can see that he's continuing to fill in. The area right in front of his withers continued to be a challenge.
May 22, 2016
He spent most of July with my trainer since I was out of the country, and she evidently fed him extra as well as worked him:
July 16, 2016
I think he backslid a little in August (you can especially see it in the base of his neck) since I was trying to figure out how to ride him more over his topline and not doing a great job of it.
August 20, 2016
He looked a little slender in the October shots, but this was after four days at Regionals where he didn't eat very well. The top of his neck, right in front of the wither, STILL hasn't filled in much, and you can see the hollow right behind his wither too.
October 9, 2016
Since October, we've been working on a lot more collection and laterals in preparation for 2nd level. I'm finally getting the idea of fluffing up his shoulders and really riding him through (sometimes, anyway), so this has helped fill in the muscles behind his withers and the top of his neck in front of his shoulder. His butt is looking more rounded and beefy, too!
December 14, 2016
Let's just have one last comparison look, shall we?