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post #11 of 14 Old 12-07-2011, 02:56 PM
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I agree with Face, he's just a bit gangly (same basic description as weedy and rangey) right now but that can be expected of most horses his age with similar breeding.

As for stunted growth...what a bunch of hooey. He's just as tall, maybe taller than my half-draft colt that is only 2 months younger.

If he were mine, I would probably want to put him on a feed that was a little higher in protein (the Omolene only has 10%), but he still doesn't look bad at all.

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I agree with Face, he's just a bit gangly (same basic description as weedy and rangey) right now but that can be expected of most horses his age with similar breeding.

As for stunted growth...what a bunch of hooey. He's just as tall, maybe taller than my half-draft colt that is only 2 months younger.

If he were mine, I would probably want to put him on a feed that was a little higher in protein (the Omolene only has 10%), but he still doesn't look bad at all.

Thanks smrobs! I really appreciate it! Like I was just telling a friend on fb, being told that my horse looks horrible, made me feel as if I wasnt doing my job as his owner. But then again I think, since I have had him, as you, and many people know, he has gone through some VERY wonky, funky, and not to mention fugly stages!!! So it very well could just be a stage he's going through. I have also asked the BO to put him on a higher protein feed, which the feed they suggested has 14%, so we'll see if that helps him out a bit.

Thanks a lot to everyone that has posted!!
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What do you suggest for adding muscle without stress to joints? Trail walks? THanks



He very well could be at a funny looking stage, he's gone through enough of them since I've had him! To add to that, I took pics a week before I took these, and he looked ribby, and thin, and these pics, a week later, he looks completely different. Thanks!



What do the terms "weedy" and "rangey" mean? I honestly don't think I've really ever heard of them before. As for him being leggy, there is no doubt he is leggy, has been since I got him!! And he is pretty narrow, def nowhere near to being filled out, or even starting to fill out, he is still adding height for sure!
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Rangey means lean and lanky with a light build rather than stocky. Elana is referring to weedy a bit differently, more site specific as she explained. IMO a body mass distribution assessment is not relevant to a long yearling, but everyone has their own opinion. You can't measure a horse by adult, fully developed criteria until it is grown and fully developed. You can assess his basic conformation, but you said you didn't want that.

At his age you should be preparing him for training, but not actually training...that means exposing him to the training that will come later and getting him mentally prepared. What with trailer training, desensitizing, and building his trust and confidence, there is lots to do with him in his second year. The key to training a youngster is patience, patience patience. Horses that are trained too fast are trained poorly. Honestly he is way too young to worry about trying to muscle him up. Let him develop naturally and worry about harder ground training and building muscle after he turns 3, or is at least close to it. We all get anxious and want to get them trained and ride off into the sunset or do whatever it is we want to do with them, but trying to accelerate the process is counterproductive in the case of horses.

Just my personal opinions, of course...
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Rangey means lean and lanky with a light build rather than stocky. Elana is referring to weedy a bit differently, more site specific as she explained. IMO a body mass distribution assessment is not relevant to a long yearling, but everyone has their own opinion. You can't measure a horse by adult, fully developed criteria until it is grown and fully developed. You can assess his basic conformation, but you said you didn't want that.

At his age you should be preparing him for training, but not actually training...that means exposing him to the training that will come later and getting him mentally prepared. What with trailer training, desensitizing, and building his trust and confidence, there is lots to do with him in his second year. The key to training a youngster is patience, patience patience. Horses that are trained too fast are trained poorly. Honestly he is way too young to worry about trying to muscle him up. Let him develop naturally and worry about harder ground training and building muscle after he turns 3, or is at least close to it. We all get anxious and want to get them trained and ride off into the sunset or do whatever it is we want to do with them, but trying to accelerate the process is counterproductive in the case of horses.

Just my personal opinions, of course...

Thanks faceman! I think Im on the right track with his training to be honest.....heres a post I started a few days ago....Need New Ideas!


Thanks again!
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