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post #21 of 30 Old 05-21-2012, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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Ok , I just looking a body condition score and I am thinking he is a 7 out of 9 . Fleshly? Please correct me if I am wrong !
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post #22 of 30 Old 05-21-2012, 09:44 PM
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I also need to know exactly how much to feed my horses, I think I've been feeding my mare Montana too much all star, but I also think she's gaining weight because she may be pregnant. :0
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post #23 of 30 Old 05-21-2012, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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I only let mine eat on pasture , but I know when we used to live in Texas we would feed out horses 2x a day , about a flake of hay each , and once a day a scoop of grain but that was just us. Since we have 22 acres of pasture I just let them eat that for right now , but once winter comes that will be different.
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post #24 of 30 Old 05-21-2012, 09:49 PM
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I know he's overweight, but I giggled at Cash. He's so chubby and cute. It will be cuter once he's down to proper weight and we are all just looking back on it giggling.


I would start lunging them both. Lunging can be a great exercise both physically and really gets a horse paying attention to your cues and is awesome for building respect. I go back to ground work no matter what point my new horses are in training. It's an awesome thing to start your journey and will help him work off his extra pounds.

Is he on pasture only or grain as well? What is his total diet?
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post #25 of 30 Old 05-21-2012, 09:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Hayleaoryan View Post
I also need to know exactly how much to feed my horses, I think I've been feeding my mare Montana too much all star, but I also think she's gaining weight because she may be pregnant. :0
It would be best to start your own thread so as to allow both yourself and the OP to receive information specific to your situations/horses and to allow those responding to be able to direct responses to each situation/horse.
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post #26 of 30 Old 05-21-2012, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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No he is not on grain , only on pasture ! I figured the grain wouldn't be good for him and as far as lunging , I tried to do it with the other horse Scooter yesterday and it didn't go so well . I believe I may have been confusing the horse because I was trying to do something I had never done before so I quite after 5 minutes of trying . I didn't want to get myself or the horse hurt because of my lack of experience. I am going to look up a video tonight and see if I can learn how to do it ! I know they have both been trained , their previous owner shows horses, but they haven't been worked with in a while !
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post #27 of 30 Old 05-22-2012, 03:40 PM
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First things I do when I get a new horse:
-set up a diet regimen
A vet can help with all three, so I'd recommend having one out as soon as possible. Just to be on the safe side! :) Good on you for taking them in. Sounds like you are trying your hardest to give them a good life, even with your limited knowledge. And your willingness to learn is commendable! With your enthusiasm, I'm sure you'll get there in no time.

I also let them settle in a bit before I start working them. I give them a week to adjust to their new surroundings.
I'd start with ground work first, make sure they're leading and tying and backing and yielding to pressure is up to snuff. Then we can try some lunging.
The suggestion of a grazing muzzle was a good one. They really do help!

Good luck with your new endeavor! And welcome to the world of Walkers - they are wonderful to work with, ride, and just be around. Please update frequently!
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post #28 of 30 Old 05-22-2012, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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I was wondering myself if I should have let the get a little more adjusted and used to the place before I tried to do any work with them! I see I should have went with my gut and gave them some time ! I have always had a thing for horses and I really love these guys! They do really well on the lead and being tied up so I can groom them! The only problems I am trying to correct right now is Scooter likes to try and nibble on me and my shirt , not so bad now because I have been getting onto him ! Than Cash will see the halter and will start to turn and walk away from me , but he is also getting better on that ! I have been trying to look up videos of horse trainers and see how they do it and ready about everything that I can ! I am pretty confident that I can do this , I understand that they are big animals and can kill or hurt me or themselves , but I am not scared around them and if I have a feeling that what I am doing is going to get one of us hurt or them confused I just stop doing it ! Hence the reason why my first lunging lesson only lasted like 5 minutes ....It was sorta funny actually ! But I wll def keep on posting updates ! I just can't wait to ride them !!!!
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post #29 of 30 Old 05-22-2012, 04:44 PM
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I agree that a vet checkup for both of them might be a good idea. The reason I asked if Cash was gelded is that I'm seeing a significant amount of 'skin' in the Cash's testicle area, and it seems to form the general shape of testes rather than just loose flaps- so he appears to be a stallion in that picture. Ofcourse, he could just be one of those geldings that tend to have a little more 'meat' there (so sorry for the graphic descriptions of these things, but I'm trying to explain the best way possible xD) than others, and if thats the case, its no big deal. If he IS a stallion though, it would be a very, very good idea to get him gelded ASAP as that it will help with behavioral problems due to hormones, make him safer, and very possibly keep him healthier longer. I'd even go as far as saying it might help him loose a little weight.

I'm not familiar with Tenessee. Do you have any hills in your area? If so, you could take him for walks (and if you feel comfortable, trotting in hand) up and down hills to help him loose some weight and build muscle tone until you have someone teach you to lunge!

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post #30 of 30 Old 05-22-2012, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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Ya , we have a lot of hills around here and on our place. I know for sure that Cash is a gelding , Scooter on the other hand just not quite sure . She got Cash gelded about a year ago. I had a black stallion when I was 11 and we lived in Tx and I got scars on my arm where he threw me off into a bed of barbed cactus and it broke my arm and I have to have the cactus needles cut out of me ! Thankfully that is the only time I have been thrown from a horse ! I loved your idea about working him up and down the hill , that's a very good idea and I will try that out in the next few weeks ! I am going to let them get a little more adjusted to the place before I start working them like that , and hopefully can have someone out here with me when I do it! I haven't even had them a week , but they are my babies and I love them dearly already !
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