Sunday, September 26, 2010

More on my project colt

Yesterday we got Rondo the colt's back two hooves trimmed.  The farrier said they weren't as bad as we thought — he only had to rasp them a little bit.  He also cleaned up his front two feet, which still showed some chipping from how overgrown they had been.

We discovered something interesting about Rondo, but it makes perfect sense: He is afraid of tall people.  I can walk up to his head, shoulder, or sides now without causing him any concern, but he kept dodging the farrier, running around me in circles and even rearing up a little.  The behavior almost entirely stopped when the farrier ducked down a little to approach him.  Of course, my mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and I are all about the same size — I'm 5'4" — so he hasn't really been handled by anyone tall until now (my farrier is over 6 feet tall).

Anyway, his feet will still need some work over time, as the front hooves had chipped pretty short, and I think they look a bit too upright as a result. But with his feet looking a little better, I decided to get some conformation pictures so we can start looking for a home for him.

This was easier said than done.  He likes to be close, and was having a hard time understanding that I wanted him to stay where he was while I backed up out of the picture.  Asking him not to move his feet only confused him, and resulted in a lot of pictures like this one, with him leaning towards me.

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I like how he's standing in the next picture, but I don't like having me (and another horse) half-hidden behind him.  What do you think?  Too unprofessional for a for-sale flyer, or is it excusable if it shows his conformation nicely?

Rescue colt

This is the best photo without me in it, but as you can see, we've got the confused, "You want me to stand where?" look going on.

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Which photo do you think I should use for a for-sale flyer?  Also, what do you think of his conformation?  He looks long in the pasterns to me, which my farrier confirmed, but I think he'll make someone a good riding horse someday.  Keep in mind, of course, that he still has a lot of growing to do — he isn't yet a year and a half old.

Capturing his true color on camera is difficult, and the above photos — taken with my Nikon point-and-shoot — are the best we got.  He actually has much more roaning than this in person, but the pictures make him look more brown than white.  The iPhone (the next two pictures) is even worse at picking it up.

After the photo shoot, Rondo decided it was high time he had some grain.  Who says horses can't talk?  The message here is pretty obvious to me!

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The less afraid of people he becomes, the more his personality comes out.  He is really starting to enjoy human interaction, and often nickers at me when I approach.  He is also starting to show some playfulness and mouthiness, such as taking the rope in his mouth when I have him on a lead, as if he is going to walk himself.

Who would have thought that wild, scared colt would be so obviously asking for attention just over a month later?

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At September 27, 2010 at 6:53 AM, Blogger Sydney_bitless said...

Thats good he is going someplace with his feet. He seems like a pretty easy going little guy. The pictures did not show up however.

At September 27, 2010 at 9:33 AM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Sydney, he is mostly pretty easy going, though he has his moods from time to time. I wonder what is up with the pictures? They came up last night, and I just checked again -- they are there now, too.

At September 27, 2010 at 11:41 AM, Blogger Leslie Wenstrom said...

I like the picture of him looking over the fence....the last picture. Shows more personality

At September 27, 2010 at 11:44 AM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Thanks, Leslie. I wish I'd gotten that one with my camera -- I don't think the iPhone picture is high enough quality for a flyer. It was my intention to have two pictures -- one that showed his face and, as you pointed out, personality, and one that shows him from a side view so that people can see his color and conformation. I'll probably have to keep trying for the face picture, though -- I don't think I've gotten any good ones with my camera.


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