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post #1 of 15 Old 06-14-2013, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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Please help evaluate condition

Too chubby or just right? And do I really see some improvement in his muscling? He's currently 24/7 in a grass pasture and gets 1kg of oats, split into two feedings, daily. Please note that he's a carriage/light draft type horse and is not supposed to be TB-style lean. Also, he's not THAT bum high - I was alone at the barn when taking both of these pictures and just couldn't manage to square him better. Thanks for your input!

Approximately a month and a half ago:



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post #2 of 15 Old 06-15-2013, 02:28 AM
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Eeek. Well he does look in better flesh in the second picture. I certainly wouldn't want to see him carrying any more weight. However, he's standing awkwardly in both, so a bit difficult to tell. He does have a plain head. Ok neck length. Might have an ok shoulder but it looks different in each picture. Good bone. He might be very slightly, back at the knee. Difficult to tell from the pics. Very short, upright pasterns and very bad feet. No heels at all and needs a good farrier.

How old is he? What kind of work does he do? What is his breeding?

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Thanks a lot! As I knew these pictures were not perfect for a conformation critique, I wasn't even expecting it, but I might get better ones today, as I'm intrigued now. What does a plain head mean conformation-wise?

He's a 7yo carriage type Latvian warmblood gelding. The other type is riding type, and they're much lighter in bone. His sire is one of the best carriage type LW studs in country, but his dam is a Hannoverian/Estonian Tori (also carriage type) mix. We do flatwork and trails, mostly, and light jumping once a week - a total of about 5hrs of work a week.

As for the hooves - I would love to get a better farrier, but there's almost no choice for a barefoot trim in my country. Most even have no clue, how to trim an unshod horse, and of those TWO who have, only one lives in a reasonable distance from me. So I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place.
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This picture might help better:


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I ditch the oats and look for an appropriate balanced low carb commercial complete horse feed that will meet his basic nutritional needs. Feeding a horse oats only would be like you living off of donuts. I see a soft horse that needs some work and toning.
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He has a beautiful head! Nothing plain about it.

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Joe, he gets a good balancer with his oats, I didn't think of mentioning that, so his nutritional needs are covered. Apart from that, he had almost all winter off work, and I've been increasing his workload gradually - I do believe he is looking better than he did a while ago. Thanks for your input, though, and I completely agree that plain oats do not provide a horse with all that he needs! I also hope that I'm doing everything as it should be done, and, until the end of summer, I will be able to post pictures of a much better toned horse. :)

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He is a bit over conditioned.... I liked his weight in the first photo.

Nice horse otherwise. Orlov?? Cleveland Bay?

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post #9 of 15 Old 06-17-2013, 08:19 AM Thread Starter
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No, a carriage type Latvian Warmblood - or a light draft, as they're sometimes called, this one in particular ir 16.2hh and still might grow a little - they mature very slowly. Our national breed. Thanks for your evaluation! I'm currently increasing his workload, hopefully he'll become fitter as time goes.

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Looks like he's in the same boat as my boy right now - plenty of bulk, just of the wrong kind! I've just switched my boy onto a locally produced food that is known in the show circuit for helping with a top line to give me a hand, what with the horrible winter weather we've got at the moment.
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