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post #11 of 17 Old 03-18-2013, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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I know...the farrier couldn't believe that she's a little over 16 months old. When I brought her out there they actually got upset with me for bringing an extra horse along with the arab and yearling I had said I'd be bringing, until they realized that she indeed WAS the yearling. Poor, scrawny gal xD

I do love that her neck is twice as wide as it was, and that nasty dip between her neck and shoulders has filled in. Her butt isn't a triangle anymore either, which is definitely good. I'm glad that you guys do see potential behind all of the nutrition...it gives me hope. I definitely don't see her being ready to be backed until her fourth year or so, but that's aye-ok with us as long as we can find her a new home that agrees.

I'll just be glad when I can finally see her running again. I haven't seen her go back a old-woman trot yet and I know its because of those poor, nasty feet. Her frogs are like nothing I've ever seen, including my mini mare who had poor hoof care for years. They're probably taking up 1/8 of her hoof instead of half of it, and brittle. The farrier definitely has her work cut out for her!

I'm so encouraged though. This lady has co-written books on barelfoot rehabilitation trimming, and has turned around dozens of horses. One of which is a thoroughbred gelding that they own, named Jolly Rogers. I had the pleasure of getting to take him out for a spin yesterday and he's just such a sweet guy. He's been all over the country on 100 mile endurance races, all barefoot- after an 18 month recovery from severe lameness when they got him off of the track many years ago. I can only hope that the farrier can do the same with Kenzie. Apparently Jolly had abcesses, bad frogs, and underrun heels just like she does, so there is hope! XD even if we do have to grow an entire new foot.

And just because I'm slightly proud of getting to ride him...a picture of us for you guys ;)

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Endiku, she's looking so amazing!

She does have some minor imperfections; appears to be a bit straight through the shoulder, her croup is rather short and fairly steep (though that may change as she grows), her legs aren't perfect, but they're decent. She does out a bit in front and she appears rather close-hocked in the back, but that may change as she fills out as well. She toes out in the back and that might not change, but I've seen worse. It also appears that she's going to have a very short, thick neck that ties in rather low.

With those cannons as long as they are, I'm sure she'll grow up quite a bit, though maybe not to her full potential.

I see absolutely nothing there that says she couldn't be a very nice riding horse when she's grown .

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I know...the farrier couldn't believe that she's a little over 16 months old. When I brought her out there they actually got upset with me for bringing an extra horse along with the arab and yearling I had said I'd be bringing, until they realized that she indeed WAS the yearling. Poor, scrawny gal xD

I do love that her neck is twice as wide as it was, and that nasty dip between her neck and shoulders has filled in. Her butt isn't a triangle anymore either, which is definitely good. I'm glad that you guys do see potential behind all of the nutrition...it gives me hope. I definitely don't see her being ready to be backed until her fourth year or so, but that's aye-ok with us as long as we can find her a new home that agrees.

I'll just be glad when I can finally see her running again. I haven't seen her go back a old-woman trot yet and I know its because of those poor, nasty feet. Her frogs are like nothing I've ever seen, including my mini mare who had poor hoof care for years. They're probably taking up 1/8 of her hoof instead of half of it, and brittle. The farrier definitely has her work cut out for her!

I'm so encouraged though. This lady has co-written books on barelfoot rehabilitation trimming, and has turned around dozens of horses. One of which is a thoroughbred gelding that they own, named Jolly Rogers. I had the pleasure of getting to take him out for a spin yesterday and he's just such a sweet guy. He's been all over the country on 100 mile endurance races, all barefoot- after an 18 month recovery from severe lameness when they got him off of the track many years ago. I can only hope that the farrier can do the same with Kenzie. Apparently Jolly had abcesses, bad frogs, and underrun heels just like she does, so there is hope! XD even if we do have to grow an entire new foot.

And just because I'm slightly proud of getting to ride him...a picture of us for you guys ;)

Good lord, he's stunning! Show Kenzie his picture, tell her this is what you want her to grow up to be LOL.
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She has a few faults, mainly her hind end, but after she gets caught up on her weight etc, she will probably look Totally different. Ditto to the other post.
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You hit her hinds right on the nail Smrobs xD there are some definite cow hocks and toeing out going on back there. Its a bit hard for me to tell just how bad the cow hocks are though because she tends to stand under herself (pain still?) and splayed out a little. I have seen improvement in how much she toes on on that left hind that was literally sticking out at almost a 45 degree angle, but I'm hoping that with getting those feet fixed up, they'll correct themselves even more.

Do you guys think it would hurt to pony her out at a walk for about 3/4 - 1 mile a few times a week with me when I do my rounds to check the fence? I thought it might help her gain a little bit of muscle but I don't want to ask too much of her either.


Soenjer- right? That's exactly what I need to do. I'll tell her that he's her new role model and that I'd be cool with even a sound 4-5 mile trail ride ;) Jolly definitely has way better conformation than she does but hey, they say endurance is only half about confo and half about heart, right? LOL.

How much more weight do you guys think miss Kenzie needs? I'm thinking maybe another 50 at least. I'm sure that as her stamina increases and she has more energy, she'll self exercise more and hopefully build up a little muscle.

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That hind end business is what I have seen in EVERY starved rescue I have had.. even adult ones. Just keep trimming the feet level and true and give good feed. If her frogs are that small I would be tempted to use something on her feet to help keep the moisture in so that they grow out a little better (like Hooflex.. nothing too aggressive at all).

Give her time and food. Seriously. She is still too far from the goal post to judge.. and too young to boot. Remember.. she has to make up months and months in addition to grow properly now... that is a lot and it takes time.

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Funny you should mention that Elana, we just bought a bottle of Hooflex hoof conditioner for my mini mare xD I'll try using it on Kenzie's feet too. I find it kind of fun to 'paint' the bottom of their feet with it. Lol!

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