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post #1 of 102 Old 08-01-2014, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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Do you see a transformation?

I got lucky with this four year old gelding a few months ago named Hagen. The first two are pictures of him when I got him.
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A few weeks into having him he dropped a lot of weight so I have upped and changed his feed. He is now fed separately from my mare. Do you notice any changes in muscle tone? Any idea where I should put focus on more?

The last four are conformation pics. He's been picked apart before but Eh, if you feel the need besides the muscle tone transformation pick him apart again (: Just be gently, he's grown on me

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post #2 of 102 Old 08-01-2014, 03:21 PM
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He lost a lot of weight. I would ask for a critique when he is back to a healthy weight
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Did you read it? Yes he has lost a lot of weight, I am aware. He's been on a new feed, separated, and relaxing for a few weeks. Thank you anyways

ADDED The owner also warned me he would drop weight from being moved. He doesn't eat/drink like he should I was told, for the first month or so. I honestly thought he may have had worms.. but I was warned
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Yes I read it. You are asking if there is a difference in muscle tone. He looks worse, not better. He is very skinny, lost the muscling in his neck, topline and hindquarters. He has no more happiness on his face like his previous pictures.

I was trying to be nice in suggesting you wait for a critique.
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Yes I read it. You are asking if there is a difference in muscle tone. He looks worse, not better. He is very skinny, lost the muscling in his neck, topline and hindquarters. He has no more happiness on his face like his previous pictures.

I was trying to be nice in suggesting you wait for a critique.
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Really? I believe I know if my horse is happy or not. Yes he has lost weight, I added in what I was told. You have no room to say whether my horse is unhappy or not, thank you. I see him every day, i'm pretty sure I know if he is happy.
That was actually fairly rude.
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I think he looks a little better! His first 2 pics he has a hay belly and the last 4 pics he looks a little slender but I think with the new feed switch he should start looking better! But he does look really small for a 4 year old, when I first saw the pics I honestly thought he was 2...... :3 my bad..... His butt gained some muscle and some other muscles are showing also! Keep up the work and keep updating!! :)
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I think he looks a little better! His first 2 pics he has a hay belly and the last 4 pics he looks a little slender but I think with the new feed switch he should start looking better! But he does look really small for a 4 year old, when I first saw the pics I honestly thought he was 2...... :3 my bad..... His butt gained some muscle and some other muscles are showing also! Keep up the work and keep updating!! :)
Sad thing is he's 15.3 He's a tall dude! I currently have him on 2 scoops of Safe Choice Maintenance and 1 scoop of Safe Choice Senior. I know I know, a 4 year old on senior! My mare is fed the senior feed, and I asked a vet if it would harm him and she said go for it! He normally gets a scoop or so of alfalfa pellets, but he started getting the runs, and when I took him in the vet said take the alfalfa out of his diet and no issues!
He's four and 15.3....He hopefully will not grow upwards anymore..
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lol he actually kind of reminded me of my 2 year old and he's 14.2-14.3 and im hoping he grows upwards :) have you tried vegetable oil on top of his grain? Pic below is my 2yo
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He is very skinny, lost the muscling in his neck, topline and hindquarters. He has no more happiness on his face like his previous pictures.

I was trying to be nice in suggesting you wait for a critique.
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I agree, unfortunately. My horse was the same way, he lost weight and muscling. I was in denial that he wasn't happy. This horse doesn't look happy, he looks very much "blah" compared to the first two pictures. As soon as my horse got put on the correct feed plan and started gaining, he became the happy, perked up horse he used to be.

I'm willing to bet that once he gets fed what he needs, he will look like a healthy, happy horse.

I agree with waiting for a critique.
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I agree, unfortunately. My horse was the same way, he lost weight and muscling. I was in denial that he wasn't happy. This horse doesn't look happy, he looks very much "blah" compared to the first two pictures. As soon as my horse got put on the correct feed plan and started gaining, he became the happy, perked up horse he used to be.

I'm willing to bet that once he gets fed what he needs, he will look like a healthy, happy horse.

I agree with waiting for a critique.
I know he is thin, but I'm positive he is happy. His attitude and demeanor has not changed a bit since i've got him. He's always a happy, goofy, in your pocket and give me a treat boy.
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