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post #1 of 14 Old 02-10-2013, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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Critique Oldenburg gelding

Here is my Oldenburg gelding, I posted about him earlier but what do you think of his conformation specifically? Can anybody point out any flaws to me and explain their effect?

I am planning/hoping to use his as an event horse, though as I have never actually evented before so we won't get past training level for a while, if ever as I would like to start small.
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He has SUCH a sweet face:) but this guy desperately needs some muscle! His shoulder, topline, and hind end really need some work before he will do well and stay sound for what you plan on using him for. He is a bit over at the knee. However, work HARD with him to put a lot of muscle on this horse, and I'm sure I would be in awe. IMO, he looks so incredibly sweet and pretty well put together, and would be a real stunner if you put some muscle on him. I don't know if you do smartpaks, but putting him on pure lysine (really cheap) while you work him hard to put muscle on him will make a HUGE difference. Give it a month or so, then show us more pics! :)
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Thank you, and I will be sure to keep you updated. Just for fun, I added a picture of him when I first got him.
What exercises would you recommend for muscling him up?
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He looks sweet and willing to me. Conformation looks good though agree with other posts.
He needs some weight put back on him. That type of horse should not look like a thoroughbred. Feed him the amount of food a horse of his size actually needs, or get him checked for health issues he may be having. The picture of when you first got him is more how he should look. Compare the two different pictures with each other. Fuller neck with nice covering over ribs and no tent like ridge on the top of his butt.
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Okay thanks for the opinion, and I can see what you're talking about. Yes we are trying to put more weight on him again; we recently added grain to his diet.

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I really do recommend pure lysine.. but it wont work without exercise! Work him at least three to four days a week, up his grain and hay, and work on extended trotting while really encouraging him to drop his head and use his hind end. Be patient, , with as little muscle as he has, it will be harder for him, but as he gains muscle in his hind end, he will able to push from behind more. That will also build his topline. Extended trotting over poles will also help. Backing up small hills will also work his hind end. I would love to see some action shots of this guy:) how old, how tall?
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What a sweetie! But I agree with the others regarding weight and muscle. What's his current diet? I can have a go at critiquing it but there are some very knowledgeable nutrition people on here who could give you some pointers.

Regarding conformation, he's got a longish back but looks nicely put together aside from being a bit over at the knee. I love his big ears

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He is 8 and 17.2. I never thought I would end up with a horse this big being that I am only 5'1. He is getting ridden 5-6 days a week. He is getting 50 lbs of orchard grass blend, 2 pounds of Dixie grain (Ultium), next level joint supplement and Nu-Hoof Excelerator.

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Wow, what a horse. Big boys gotta eat! Just curious, what are you currently doing with him?
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I'm assuming that is per day? I'd look at perhaps introducing some extra protein and fat into his diet. You could try swapping some of the orchard grass for alfalfa. The higher calcium content in alfalfa would also allow you to introduce a scoop (about 2lb) of rice bran into his diet, which will help him put on a bit of weight as well. Could also increase his Ultium portion - Purina's website recommends 10-11lb of Ultium daily for horses of his (ideal) weight and current workload although I don't think you need quite that much and could get away with about 5-6lb if he's getting that much hay. Obviously all dietary changes should be done slowly.

If he's still losing weight (or not gaining) get a fecal (worm egg count) done by the vet, and get his teeth checked if you haven't already.
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