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  • How to keep weight on an unworked horse
  • What to feed an unworked horse in winter to keep weight on

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    05-11-2012, 08:14 AM
Sorry for the double post...

One thing I will add in topline comes with your horse using it correctly. Since he's got really nothing going on I would start with it on the ground, with belly lifts. There's a whole thread I made about stretching and muscle building, with links to really cool stuff.

Stretches (and muscle building) for your horse

Hope that helps, once he bulks up and gets to a good weight and has a nice topline, I'm sure you'll be able to do anything with him :)
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    05-11-2012, 08:41 AM
He is a nice looking horse, just needs some help with his feet (the angles look different on his front feet, but I have seen some crazy things conformation wise with TB crosses) if I were you I would put a little more weight on him and really start to try and improve his topline.
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    05-11-2012, 10:24 AM
Thanks for the feedback guys! I know his teeth are fine, he just got them done a few weeks ago. I noticed something wonky with his feet too, but they are due for a trim. I don't think his front left is a club foot though? None of the farriers who've done his feet have said anything about it.

Thanks for the feed suggestions Sky, as well as the stretching ideas! Your horse is beautiful by the way!
    05-11-2012, 10:26 AM
Originally Posted by Hailey1203    
Thanks for the feed suggestions Sky, as well as the stretching ideas! Your horse is beautiful by the way!
Thanks! Your boy is too :)

Keep us updated!
    05-11-2012, 11:34 AM
Will do! Im going out tonight, and im going to try some of the things you suggested. Especially the back lifts!
    05-11-2012, 03:51 PM
Green Broke
All that everyone else said.. he looks like he has a lot of MILES on him (and sometimes it ain't the AGE but the MILEAGE). I too wonder about the age (papers or not). The coat is a bit long.. and his stance as well as how he hs greyed out says this to me. I would LOVE good photos of his teeth! :) This does not mean a BAD thing BTW, just age is what it is and you have to feed and ride accordingly.

He is a bit bench kneed and like he may have some arthritis in his front fetlock joints (notice the boney protrusion to the outside on both). His hind leg is set a bit far back and he is a bit bow legged behind. He has a long back that is swayed.

He could benefit, as other have said, from good groceries. I would be offereng this boy some extras in the form of some alfalfa cubes and a quarter cup of corn oil in his food 1X a day. Both will help with his weight (and his coat). As to riding, he needs hill work.. long trots up hill on a losse rein.. and trotting over cavelletti to help him develop stomach muscles to support and lift his back.

He has a GREAT expression.. and if his attitude is good and he is sound, that is all that is important. I rode most of my horses well into their 20's if it turns out someone has been a bit dishonest to you with papers and so forth on age. He is still a good horse and you still like him, right?
    05-11-2012, 06:20 PM
I hate to beat a dead horse...but in the first set of pictures too I had to recheck your post to see his age, I would have guessed in his 20's because of the lack of muscle tone, and it's not just flab like on unworked horses, but he's hollow through the hips and shoulders the way older horses age and shed muscle. I am not doubting his age, just saying he's really got a ways to go with muscling. In the photo from teh winter he looks younger, so i'm also wondering if it's his coat and just a not flattering picture in the first post. On the plus sign, you can see his skeletal structure and it looks good. A little straight through the shoulder, but I like his neck and hock angle. Nice legs, good bone.
I would second the advice and put him on a really good feeding program with muscle building supplements added in. Good luck!
    05-11-2012, 06:22 PM
Im so glad all of you pointed this out to me. Honestly, I was just happy that he had put on weight from last winter. Im definitely going out this weekend to get some feed and supplements. Any suggestions?
    05-11-2012, 11:02 PM
I'm a fan of triple crown food, I would choose one that's high in fat- maybe mix the training with the senior so he doesn't get too 'hot'.
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I like the medvet line of supplements, personally use the 4/1 HA but it's more of an all around, they also have a muscle building liquid. Not cheap but I have seen the best results with this brand.
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    05-11-2012, 11:30 PM
Hailey, I was about to try Cocosoya Ultra SP from Smartpak. It helps them gain weight, helps their coat, and also is nice on their stomach.

Or they have Smartgain 4 as well

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