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post #1 of 6 Old 11-01-2012, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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my OTTB mare

I got some better pictures of my 10 year old OTTB mare LADY! :) Critique her as much as you want! She has finally gained some weight and is more happy and hyper! She was having problems on the trails but she is no longer backing up and we have no problems im so happy she is doing better and learned so fast!

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post #2 of 6 Old 11-01-2012, 09:39 PM
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To me, I'm no expert, she seems pretty balanced, a bit skinny, skinny neck. Her hindquarters when viewed from behind look pretty weak. I like her color-she looks like my horse. :)
If you had her stood up on level ground it would be easier to tell.
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yeah she is a little slim still which i am working on it. im starting to ride her more to build muscle also
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yeah she is a little slim still which i am working on it. im starting to ride her more to build muscle also
I agree that you need to get her fit for trail riding but be careful. Muscle does not equal condition. She is still a little on the thin side and if you work her intending to build muscle, she could end up losing more weight instead. She needs to put on a little more weight in the way of body fat first and then you can start to build muscle as her body will then have enough energy to support this. Try her on a conditioning feed at least twice a day to supplement any hay and grazing. A simple way to assess if a horse is too thin or too fat is to stand behind them and look at the top of their backside above the tail. If you can see the base of the spine form a ridge at the top of her buttocks, she is a little thin (If you look at your horse, she has this). If on the other hand there is a deep 'valley' at the top she could be on the fat side. What you want to aim for is a gentle rounded shape with a slight dip in the middle. However, this is only a very rough and quick guide. If your horse fails to put on weight (I am not talking about muscle) then you need to take advice from a vet as she could have an underlying medical problem. She will start to look really good once she has a little more 'fat' on her.

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post #5 of 6 Old 11-02-2012, 08:31 AM
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She looks to be a pretty darn nice horse but she needs more weight.

One way to help a horse that is a hard keeper is to add 1/4 to 1/3 c. corn oil to their grain 2X a day. Corn Oil is not a lot of volume but is very dense in calories so it is a good way to add calories and most horses eat it readily. You may need to add some Vitamins A and E since Corn Oil can tie up the absorption of A and E.

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post #6 of 6 Old 11-04-2012, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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thank you everyone. just a question? would she make a good barrel racer? she can turn real sharp and i was testing her out a little bit today... heres a few more pictures it doesnt show to much on conformation but yeah :) enjoy

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