I’ve noticed something about my creature lately – he’s turning into kind of a hunk. Granted, I’m partial because I would love this horse if he was skinny and beat with an ugly stick (in fact, I did fall in love when he looked like that) but I seriously think he’s looking good this year.
The first thing I noticed was that his bum no longer fits as well in his blankets as it did last year. This is not exciting, because I’m not really trying to buy all new blankets… but it’s also exciting because it means a badunkadunk!
Then I was playing around on instagram, and did this little collage.
I thought “Ooo butt looks impressive!” so I decided to make it a plan in December to take some real conformation pictures, which I finally got around to this weekend.
Now I’ll be the first to admit that I am no conformation expert. I immediately like the pictures from last year better, because the exposure and lighting is much better. That has nothing to do with Simon’s muscling though, so I’m hoping by putting them side by side that I can see a difference.
In 2014, I see…
- A grown out clip job that needs to be redone
- A lot more neck muscle (look Ma, I have a crest now)
- More muscling around the top of his butt?
- Maybe more shoulder?
Here’s the other side:
On this side, I don’t see any difference at all. Bummer.
Overall, he’s still a lot less muscled on the right shoulder/wither area than the left. I’ve been told both that I should and not shim my saddle pad to fix this problem… so I don’t know what to do. At least there is a pretty damn noticeable difference in the past two years.
What about you, more knowledgeable than me readers – what do you see in the last year as far as any development changes?