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post #11 of 53 Old 05-10-2012, 02:40 PM
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IMO he needs more weight. Have you read his teeth? I see an older horse in the front of his legs (skin sags), the sinking above his eyes, the lack of weight behind his forearm,
And his back--here is a picture of my high withered 6yo KMH for comparison



I keep Him on the slim side bc the TWH that I bought as a 19yo died of Cushing's disease at 24yo, and he's a big guy (16'3hh.)

Teeth tell a horse's age. Here's what to look for:
http://www.aghr.com/images/teeth3.jpg
http://www.richardbealblog.com/wp-co...th-187x300.jpg
http://www.cowboyshowcase.com/images/galvayne01.gif
reading a horses age by teeth - Bing Images
THIS picture of of a 14yo horse's teeth, for reference. Galyvayne's groove has travelled about 1/2-way down (or up) from the gums.
An 11yo would have just a little stain starting at the gums. A 20yo will have the full line, to to bottom. After 20 years, the groove begins to recede, until age 30, but by then the horse does look old.
I think your horse is about 23yo.
I'd be happy to be wrong.
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post #12 of 53 Old 05-10-2012, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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Guys... his age isnt in question, I know exactly how old he is. I have his registration papers. This is a confomation thread, not a "second gues my horses age". Thank you.
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I would definitely say more weight is the biggest thing, then once you have that up to par slowly start working him and get that muscle tone up! :)
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Sorry, I wasn't trying to question YOU, but I do know that people have sold horses before with the wrong papers. I can say that he looks a lot older than 11yo, BUT, don't get angry, it's JUST my opinion bc he doesn't look great.
Re: his weight, he needs a LOT more. I had an OTTB with a big weight problem. There are several threads here with good advice. MY recipe was to feed Purina Equine Senior, and top-dress 3 flakes of grass hay with 2 flakes of alfalfa/2x a day.
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I am working on it! We went from a 48" girth to a 52". So there is obviously an improvement. What is everyone opinion on this though. Once he's at a good weight, and muscle tone, will his conformation allow him to excel at jumping?

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Sorry, I wasn't trying to question YOU, but I do know that people have sold horses before with the wrong papers. I can say that he looks a lot older than 11yo, BUT, don't get angry, it's JUST my opinion bc he doesn't look great.
Re: his weight, he needs a LOT more. I had an OTTB with a big weight problem. There are several threads here with good advice. MY recipe was to feed Purina Equine Senior, and top-dress 3 flakes of grass hay with 2 flakes of alfalfa/2x a day.
Right now he's on free choice hay in his field. When I bring him in, should I be giving him some sort of supplement as well?

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post #17 of 53 Old 05-10-2012, 03:14 PM
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First, **hugs**, I KNOW what it's like to have a horse that had trouble gaining weight. It takes a LONG time, and everybody asks you why you don't feed your horse. You just want to smack 'em!!
Ask your Vet about supplements.
I'd like to say, yes, he's a good jumping candidate EXCEPT your trainer said, light work. I'd want to ask that trainer his/her (?) opinion on this.
The bone structure suggests jumping ability.
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Last summer he was shown in the 2'6 hunters, and did phenominal. Came home with 2 1sts and a 3rd. I'm only jumping him about 2 feet right now, because my postition needs work. I personally don't think he'll ever compete much higher then 2'9, but that's fine with me.

I'll talk to the vet next time she's out for sure.

Im with a new trainer now. I was at a Morgan Breeding Barn before, I was the only one with a warmblood, and the only one jumping. So I figured it was about time to switch to somewhere my horse and I fit in!

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What I see is an older horse and one that has been around a bit.

He looks a kind gentleman and has put weight on since you bought him but still needs more on him.
I would bet you my last dollar that he is seriously misaligned through his hind quarters and shoulder.
I see this because of lack of top line and muscle over his quarters.
He has from the one picture a straight shoulder and he also has a club foot on his left front.

I am sure he will do the job you want and as long as he does and you love him what does it matter?

Good luck to you both.
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OP I have a Dutch Warmblood too that has trouble keeping weight. Same age and height.. but not breeding. He's crossed with a paint I believe, and has a lot of drafty features. No papers on him.

Right now he is BLOOMING on Triple Crown Senior, which he gets twice a day, free choice hay, and free choice salt.

Just to show you a difference of.. just shy of 3 weeks? (links not pics so I don't mess your thread up)

Then

http://i339.photobucket.com/albums/n...1812180742.jpg

Now:

http://i339.photobucket.com/albums/n...1012183529.jpg

And after I moved him after getting ownership:

http://i339.photobucket.com/albums/n...g?t=1312950144

Make sure the teeth are good, there aren't any worms, consider adding a probiotic to his diet so he can soak up all the good stuff in his diet.


Best of luck! :)

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