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post #21 of 28 Old 04-05-2013, 11:14 AM
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She looks like she could eat a horse!! lol, but she is nice, and looks very pleasant.
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post #22 of 28 Old 04-05-2013, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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I thought about speed events not for me, but for her, because she was bred for it and has a big drive for it. I kid you not, sometimes she will gallop the barrel pattern around my above-ground pasture sprinkler poles when she is in high spirits, when turned out. She walks 80% of the time by herself, so when she does give a happy sprint she will always at least head for a pole or corner full-speed and then make a real b-racer's pivot around it, though I haven't done barrel racing with her ever, she started around 3yo and stopped around 5yo. Someone exhausted her in the ring, popped a colt from her, and sold her off where she was really only manageable as a trail horse as she was a bucking nightmare in the ring (until a GP show jumping trainer picked her up). The drive was so strong that when she was transitioning from western to english six years ago, her grand prix show jumping trainer used barrels and barrel patterns to help train and exercise her. Give her any set of barrels, she knows her way around them. It seemed to me a terrible thing to keep her from doing what she obviously loves to do, as I would note if she does this automatic barrel racing on her own, she must not mind the hocks... (though I would be concerned if the work would worsen the arthritis quickly.) Overall she's a clever, responsive mare, only needing two months to transition from Western bucker to English lesson horse, and I keep a listening ear out for what she may tell me. Sometimes I'm dumbfounded and don't know how to explain her, but hey, that's part of what makes me love her so much <3

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post #23 of 28 Old 04-06-2013, 04:57 AM
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My farrier goes globally and says it's common for European sport horses to be on the thin side and the American horses to be the fleshy side. Meh. It's hard to get that ideal balance of not-too-fleshy and not-too-skinny.
European sport horses are not THIN, they are lean but well muscled, well fed and you wont see ribs anywhere!
This is a lean healthy looking horse




Your mare is under weight and not carrying enough muscle.

Get some weight on her before you start working her to sort out her muscles.

RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT

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post #24 of 28 Old 04-06-2013, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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Your mare is under weight and not carrying enough muscle.

Get some weight on her before you start working her to sort out her muscles.
OK, thank you. You've elaborated your opinion multiple times. This is not a matter of persuading me, and I assure you hammering the same point is not going to achieve that. I respect your opinion, and that of the professionals I have used that know both my mare's history and myself.

It's a bit painful to hear repetitive crit that she is "too skinny" to lift a hoof, because I mysef struggle with anorexia and for the past year spent most of my time more than 20 pounds underweight, regardless of the fatigue I cared for my horse and my farm every day, and all that entails, primarily alone. To suggest the horse I see gallavanting through the pasture responding sweetly as usual to requests is a mirror image of what I was is poignantly wrong, at least from my side of the fence. But again, I appreciate the effort it takes to elaborate an opinion and it won't darken my day as I just recently succeeded in gaining enough healthy weight to be only 5 pounds under. Both my horse and I are "too skinny" but certainly we are together not sickly as per knowledge of the professionals used and the experience we share. Just as well, it is not a ribbon I am after. The event itself and what it represents personally for the two of us is what I find worthy enough to pursue.

If you feel so passionately about my horse's nutrition, feel free to aid me by providing resources or references and I will gladly utilize them.
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post #25 of 28 Old 04-06-2013, 02:41 PM
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unfortunatly i doubt the feeds I would reccomend are available in the US.

RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT

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post #26 of 28 Old 04-06-2013, 09:33 PM
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Sickle hocked and butt high, but cute :)
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post #27 of 28 Old 04-07-2013, 05:51 PM
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It's a bit painful to hear repetitive crit that she is "too skinny" to lift a hoof, because I mysef struggle with anorexia and for the past year spent most of my time more than 20 pounds underweight, regardless of the fatigue I cared for my horse and my farm every day, and all that entails, primarily alone. To suggest the horse I see gallavanting through the pasture responding sweetly as usual to requests is a mirror image of what I was is poignantly wrong, at least from my side of the fence. But again, I appreciate the effort it takes to elaborate an opinion and it won't darken my day as I just recently succeeded in gaining enough healthy weight to be only 5 pounds under. Both my horse and I are "too skinny" but certainly we are together not sickly as per knowledge of the professionals used and the experience we share. Just as well, it is not a ribbon I am after. The event itself and what it represents personally for the two of us is what I find worthy enough to pursue.

If you feel so passionately about my horse's nutrition, feel free to aid me by providing resources or references and I will gladly utilize them.
Hey now... some horses just need more feed than what their owner presumed. We don't wish to make this a sore topic.. but yeah. The fact remains you need to find some way to pack the weight on.

More hay is probably your best bet. Has she been wormed recently? Has she been given any shots, or antibiotics recently? What does her diet consist of? Maybe she's working too hard at the moment for where her weight is at, and could use a couple of days off until she has more weight.

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"

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post #28 of 28 Old 04-08-2013, 01:59 AM
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It's a bit painful to hear repetitive crit that she is "too skinny" to lift a hoof, because I mysef struggle with anorexia and for the past year spent most of my time more than 20 pounds underweight, regardless of the fatigue I cared for my horse and my farm every day, and all that entails, primarily alone. To suggest the horse I see gallavanting through the pasture responding sweetly as usual to requests is a mirror image of what I was is poignantly wrong, at least from my side of the fence. But again, I appreciate the effort it takes to elaborate an opinion and it won't darken my day as I just recently succeeded in gaining enough healthy weight to be only 5 pounds under. Both my horse and I are "too skinny" but certainly we are together not sickly as per knowledge of the professionals used and the experience we share. Just as well, it is not a ribbon I am after. The event itself and what it represents personally for the two of us is what I find worthy enough to pursue.

If you feel so passionately about my horse's nutrition, feel free to aid me by providing resources or references and I will gladly utilize them.
Dont worry I know how you feel when I got my gelding I didnt know he was a hard keeper (because the lady that sold him to me said he was really easy) and I was feeding him like my previous horse that was an easy keeper. Well he lost about 50lbs before I opened my eyes and noticed he dropped weight. Now I realize that hes a hard keeper and feed him 24/7 Bermuda in a hay net, hes good about it and grazes on it all day. Also I HIGHLY recommend feeding Natural Glo Stabilized Rice Bran by manna pro heres a link Natural Glo Stabilized Rice Bran Meal, Pellet & Oil | Manna Pro
I fed this to my horse and still do to help gain and keep his weight I feed him 1 and 1/2lb of natural glo and 1/2lb of flaxseed. I adjust his feedings in the summer when I dont work him as much. Good luck with your mare shes really cute

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