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StudyBreak

I'm enjoying all the lovely puzzles in your collection.

Robbiel

She does look in good shape and happy, you deserve a lot of credit PPM I think it is such a shame that so many animals need to be rescued. Thanks.

photogent

I went and looked at her brother and a nice mover. We trained and rode to third level at Devon and her trainer was Jessica Ransenhouse from the USET. We live in PA at the time and spent most of the time in Devon at the Dressage shows.
From what you tell me I do not see a problem getting her it a level she can be worked lightly. If she will accept the bit and not blow up when someone is on her back why not give it a try she may love it. Just be very slow and do not push her too fast remember a good dressage horse is over eight when they get to the upper levels and some older. Love and kindness will get you there and never get mad at her also be careful remember we do not heal as fast as we did when we were younger. Good luck and if there is anything we can do to help let me know.

Plumpossum

Thanks, PG. I will try to screw my courage to the sticking point and get with it. She does not show any favoritism with the deformed leg. She gallops around my back yard (about the size of a small riding ring) with gay abandon, changing leads easily. Her defect was the source of a lot of grief for the farrier early on, but she now almost goes to sleep while he trims her feet! She backs easily. She now has a couple of younger brothers (not mine!); here is a video clip of the oldest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPvvJTKp6zM&feature=plcp

Thanks for your encouragement!

photogent

Like I said she looked a little over at the knee but nothing that bad. Has she ever been backed? Will she work on a line or in a round pen? I would start off very slow and then add a saddle without irons and work up from there. It should take you several months so you can see if she has any hitch in her giddyup. Does she show any favoritism on that leg? I would work her like a young 2 yr old slow with lots of breaks and a treat even when she screws up. I hope by now she has a lot of trust in you so that is something on your side but whatever you choose I know you will choose what is right for her.She has a lovely top line and she is not even stacked.

Plumpossum

Thanks for all your comments, folks!

No, Hanne, she has never been ridden. Her breeder's vet advised her to keep the filly's weight a little on the short side, and not to subject her to any additional weight - - including the weight of a foal, which meant she could not become a brood mare. Her leg has improved so much that I believe she could carry a light rider for short rides. PG, what do you think? I'd love to be able to ride her, but don't want to damage the leg further. I am more concerned about the knee joint, which is already bent backwards a bit, than I am about the foot deformity.

photogent

Wonderful she is well fleshed and looking good. Still a little over but she can get around and have a life. You did a good job for a possum even a plump one.

Elfie

Is her leg so strong that she could be ridden? Have you ever been on her back? Thanks so very much Varda!

PLG1958

Wow! What a gorgeous animal!!! She is very blessed to be in your care!!!

Meadowhawk

What a beautiful job you have done! Amazing what love and care can do (not to mention hard work and dedication!) :)

Surreal_Heidi

MUCH better, tho' it'll never be perfect. She looks healthy and contented. You did good, Plumpossum.

laurajane

You have done a wonderful job with her. Thanks for showing us what she looks like now.

Plumpossum

Here you can see how much the leg has improved.