Wednesday, December 31, 2008

And again....another noseband

Jesus Christ! Tie that noseband around your arm that tight for five minutes and see how long you last.

Here's the link to the original pic. Does anyone notice the tight noseband...nope...they all comment on what a wonderful picture it is. Have I suddenly woken up on Mars?

Monday, December 29, 2008

Here we go again...

Yes...lets strap that bit down nice and tight... Does this horse look like he's enjoying himself? If you look close enough you can see where the bit rings are digging into the side of his mouth. Poor poor horse..

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Harsh Hands II

What's wrong with you? How about taking off that nose band and harsh bit, and actually try some TRAINING? If a horse needs tha much pressure to gait...perhaps he's NOT gaited. Go torture something else...

Harsh Hands

Three more pounds and you'll have that bit pulled up to his eyes you asshole!

Oh wait...that must be the goal...Icelandic horses are not supposed to see where they are going.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Loin Sitter

When riding, one must always remember to make an attempt at sitting on the horse's actual back.

Monday, December 15, 2008

There are no words...

Where do I begin? Why does a big fella like this need to strap that poor little soft nose down so hard? Man...find a horse that fits you! AND stay off those frigging loins. Ease up on the reins..
When you get off, hit yourself in the head with a baseball bat, just so I feel better.
This little horse is just trying so hard..

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Big Feet are WEIGHT Manipulation!!

Saints preserve us!

Since when did Icelandics develop feet the size of draft horses? Long toes and big feet are a sign of weight manipulation. If you see feet like this it means the horse may or may not be naturally gaited. If you purchase a horse like this, expect that his gait will disappear as soon as a farrier with half an eye and an a**hole trims him appropriately.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Too tight

Tell me why this horse has to be yarded on to the point taht the bit ring digs into the side of his face? Not only that, the leather from the nose band has left white hairs on the side of his face. Note his feet, he's being hauled on so badly that he can't even land his feet properly. His toe is flipping.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Protection? I don't think so

Would you consider buying this horse for your breeding program? If s/he needs that much assistance in attaining a gait - is this horse truly 'naturally' gaited? Not only that, but if you look carefully, these feet are quite long (which also adds weight)...then you add the shoes, and the boots...and in about 5 years (probably a lot less time) you'll have a horse that has torn all of his tendons and is no longer sound. But had a 'balanced' gait for a while there didn't you?

If you are considering purchasing any horse that needs this much help to gait...back away slowly. If you are considering purchasing a horse that needs you to cantle sit in order to gait...back away slowly. If you are considering purchasing a horse that needs you to yard on the reins with say...25 lbs of pressure constantly...back away slowly.

A gaited horse should be easy to ride, and easy to keep in gait as long has s/he has been brought along carefully and with some consideration to conditioning and appropriate training. DO NOT have your horse trained by a 'traditional' 'certified' Icelandic trainer. Any local trainer can train your horse, just don't have them mess around with gaits...babies simply can't be expected to maintain a gait for very long. That comes with time.