Originally Posted by Ashsunnyeventer
Ash is a good boy for letting me stand on him like that, but of course- when I showed my friends what I figured out how to do, he staterd bucking lol that one hurt...
TerciopeladoCaballo- Let me know what you find out- that sounds interesting! And... Does your name mean Velvet Horse? I'm taking Spanish and I was really excited that I understood that lol :) I'll try to get a video of her moving. She does wear front boots to prevent cuts, but most horses at my barn do.
Yes it does mean Velvet Horse ;) My father and uncle spoke Spanish when I was a young child, I've been speaking Spanish for about 3 consecutive years, not counting the fragments like "Ve!" we would speak to each other throughout life. Funny thing is, I'm Austrian and Irish, but only my older relatives speak those native languages.
So far I've only come up with my hypothesis (horses with subpar conformation will burn more energy than horses with average or excellent conformation), about 20 test subjects, and two ways to gauge the horse's efforts; amount of sweat directly after a workout, and how many pounds/quarts/etc. of forage and/or grain the horse needs to affect its weight. I couldn't use most neighboring horses because they are increasing or decreasing their training regimes. If anyone else wants to give me some data, awesome!
Basically, the horse has to be working at a constant intensity and frequency, and be fed the same amount/type of food for a week at least, and I need to know what faults it has in conformation and how severe those faults are, as well as the horse's height, age, and weight, what they do for exercise, how often, how long. I'm trying to find lesson stables to use for data, because the horses tend to be worked on a common schedule among each other.
I have my lumpy 12yo, 15.2hh mare's status off the top of my head; she is considered an easy keeper, has cow hocks to about a 45% severity, 68% steep shoulder, croup 10% higher than withers, gets 2 quarts of 10% protein grain pellet daily with 3 flakes T&A hay + 4 flakes Coastal hay a day and some nibblings Bahia grass for this winter. I take advantage of the colder months to help keep her thin rather than fleshy, as once the warm weather hits and the grass grows, she smacks on the fat like you've never seen a horse gain; all around the thighs and shoulder, too O_o