Originally Posted by csimkunas6
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!
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...