Okay, I clearly have some things I need to work out judging by the way I've been obsessing over pictures of Theo all morning. And if I'm going to do it, let's do it for real.
Theo, before and during. Can't call it after since I feel like we're just getting started. The first picture is from before I met him when in heavy school work trying to keep his brain between his ears. Lots of sweaty saddle pads, not a lot of technical training. Mostly trying to convince him to not buck people off and run home, doing at least some work in a German martingale/draw reins to keep him from unloading people (I found this of his dark past). The second picture is from this weekend before our show. There's about 2 years in between them. He's been in serious business training for about 10 months (from the end of the abscess wars last year when I decided he was going to be my long term horse and not a place holder).
It's not the best pair of pictures to compare, opposite sides and mi papi is on a slope for the second one, but it's what I've got. I kept them as big as possible so there is no detail hidden.
So. What do people see? Since I appear to be having a fit of anxiety over whether or not I'm moving in the right direction. I keep being told he looks like a different horse, but right now, I'm really struggling with seeing it when faced with two pictures like this. Aside from the coloring, of course. Being a show pony has some lovely perks such as fly sheets and supps to help with that dark, glossy coat.
I'll do another post later with what I see, but I'm genuinely curious. Tell me what you see.