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  • Are Tennessee walkers hard to keep keep weight on them
  • Is it hard to keep weight on tennessee walker

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    04-13-2013, 09:31 AM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by toto    
Ours are very easy keepers-- not skinny at all.. walkers tend to not have any topline when sitting around in pasture undermuscled-- theyre already a narrow backed horse so they might appear 'skinny'.

Ours are out of the Mery Go Boy lines-- about 14.1 not skinny- very correct straight legs- straight backed-(not down or uphill) our mare is 16 and she stays fat on just orchard grass hay.. very hardy breed of horse.



When did you last worm your horse?

We are going to worm him again today.
     
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    04-13-2013, 09:49 AM
  #12
Foal
So, it turns out my uncle (Zanzi's previous owner) has never wormed him. He's almost 4, and he's never beenwormed... What should we do?
     
    04-13-2013, 10:12 AM
  #13
Showing
Call your vet. He may recommend a particular one since the horse hasn't been done in that long. Or he may recommend bringing a stool sample in and deworming according to what he sees under the microscope.
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    04-13-2013, 10:20 AM
  #14
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
Call your vet. He may recommend a particular one since the horse hasn't been done in that long. Or he may recommend bringing a stool sample in and deworming according to what he sees under the microscope.
Okay -- Thank you! I can't believe he's never been wormed!
     
    04-13-2013, 11:11 AM
  #15
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by KatieAndZanzibar    
Okay -- Thank you! I can't believe he's never been wormed!
I've known quite a few people who don't worm unless the horse gets a really bad case for various reasons. Seems to bridge the spectrum from wild horses don't get wormed to someone once told me that worming damages their livers.
     
    04-13-2013, 01:11 PM
  #16
Green Broke
I second getting the vet involved since he's four and hasn't been wormed yet

Way Back In The Old Days, worming a horse consisted of taking the paper off a cigarette and giving the horse the tobacco -- once a year in the Spring

If your uncle smokes, that may be how your horse was wormed
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    04-13-2013, 01:43 PM
  #17
Green Broke
Skinny or narrow .. skinny of course if not fed. Narrow depends on the lineage.
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    04-13-2013, 02:42 PM
  #18
Green Broke
I've seen both types of walker! I've known long, lean, leggy things that had to have grain poured on them to keep hip bones from showing. These are mostly "new" type walkers from GGC lines. A lot of the walkers I met on the CTR/endurance circuit tend to be "hard keepers."

"Foundation" walkers tend to keep weight more easily. "Air ferns," I call them. They just need air and grass to stay fat!

Here's my 1/4 walker during competition season. (Running around the barn. ) The rest of her is foundation SSH. She doesn't get "skinny," even in tip-top shape. She does lose a lot of weight during actual rides, however. But training doesn't take a huge bite out of her.
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    04-13-2013, 03:23 PM
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Originally Posted by walkinthewalk    
I second getting the vet involved since he's four and hasn't been wormed yet

Way Back In The Old Days, worming a horse consisted of taking the paper off a cigarette and giving the horse the tobacco -- once a year in the Spring

If your uncle smokes, that may be how your horse was wormed
I heard about doing this from an old timer, in the late 1980's. I forget to mention that there are Percheron genes in TWH's, hence the heavier types with a big barrel and good sized leg bones and feet. About 20 years ago they started to breed a leaner line of TWH's. Not my personal preference, and I wouldn't buy one that looked like that.
     

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