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post #1 of 22 Old 10-21-2012, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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What do you think of my horse? Just for fun

I was just wondering what others thought of my boy! He has an amazing personallity. And i perosonaly dont think he looks like a standardbred.. But he is. To me he looks more like a tb. What do you think? Also he has some ribs showing but he has a big belly underneath. Does anyone have suggestions on how to cover up those ribs?? Thanks! enforcore-2-150x150.jpg

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post #2 of 22 Old 10-21-2012, 09:14 PM
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Actually, i think he does look like a standardbred lol especially in the face. Their head is usually what gives them away.
As for his conformation, he's got a nice shoulder on him and plenty of depth through his girth
Can't say much about his front legs without him standing perfectly square, but nothing bad is popping out at me
High in the wither and rather flat-backed
Long in the back as well with a very short slope from the point of his croup to his croup
Again not standing square, but i think he would have slightly sickled-hocks regardless. Many standardbred's i have seen do
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post #3 of 22 Old 10-22-2012, 07:50 AM Thread Starter
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His withers are the worst for bareback lol. Do you have any sugestions for putting weight on stbs? Thanks so much
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post #4 of 22 Old 10-22-2012, 10:10 AM
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He kinda has my horses croup. Do you know his breeding and/or registered name? For getting weight on him. What is he being fed? how often and how much? is he being pasture fed or stall fed? How long have you had him? When were his teeth done? Who were his teeth done by ie a vet (who can tranquilize and get the back teeth) or an equine dentist? I would also ask how he is in the stall and have you ruled out ulcers? I have encountered a few thin standardbreds and I really like sentinel performance LS. Its a extruded feed so its kind of fluffy and the nutrients are easier for them to access. You have to give more by weight (ie two scoops instead of one) but they use more of those two scoops then they would the one.
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post #5 of 22 Old 10-22-2012, 02:33 PM
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This horse needs groceries. Best to get high quality hay or supplement his current hay with some Alfalfa Cubes. Add some corn oil to his grain (boosts calories) or supplement with fortified Wheat Germ oil.

Long back, round sickle hocks are the first things I notice.

More weight will help with bareback riding too. :)
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post #6 of 22 Old 10-22-2012, 03:09 PM
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I think he looks textbook Standardbred. He will be lovely once he is fed up a bit.
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post #7 of 22 Old 10-22-2012, 03:49 PM
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Alfalfa cubes are good supplement. They were excellent for putting weight back on my old arab mare the other winter when hay wasnt as good.
There are also several store-bought supplements and beet pulp, though you may have to mix that with something sweet for awhile for i have never personally met a horse that would eat it plain at first.

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His race name is enforcore.ive had him sice july 1,2012. We feed him 1 coffe can of show ration morning and one at night. He has acess to hay all day and night. He has a run in stall so he is in and out of the stall. We feed him inside. Im not sure of the last time his teeth were done but it was probably by a vet. When he is in his stall he likes to pace in it. I have not thought of ulcers because we found the reason for he weight loss, we were bording him at a place that did not feed himvery much, and every time we asked them to up his feed they ignored us .so now we moved so we can take care of him ourselves. We had him out of there for around 2-2.5 months. But have been finding it hard to cover his ribs. He has a belly but ribs are still showing. I took more pictures today i will put them on. Thanks!!
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Feeding a horse is more than a "can of" grain and free choice hay. What does the can of grain weigh? What is the Neutral detergent fiber in the hay? What is its protien and energy? What is its digestability (NDF can help you know that).

How many POUNDS of hay is he eating?

After feeding dairy cattle for years and years it never ceases to amaze me how little (Often very knowledgeable abnd experienced) horse people know about what they are feeding!

TEST the hay. Usually your local Cooperative Extension or Feed store will take cores and send it out for testing. READ the label on the feed bag so you know the Calories you are feeding. Test the hay so you know how much of the feed value of that hay the horse can utilize. Hay in the Northeastern US loses most of its protein value between June 1 and June 15. That same hay, if uncut until July also loses digestability after June 15.. (depending on the grass breed.. Timothy loses feed value and becomes stalky and undigestable and Smooth Brome retains digestability but loses feed value).

If you know what you are feeding, you will know how much of what you need to add so the horse has a better shot at gaining or maintaining proper weight.

I do not mean to be berating the OP, Enfocore, but everyone who says, "Oh I feed two cans of grain and 4 flakes of hay" to ol' Dobbin is telling me they have no idea what Ol' Dobbin needs.

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post #10 of 22 Old 10-22-2012, 07:29 PM
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He is looking great, compared to what he was like when he came from that other place.
Not trying to be mean in anywasy but Elana, all horse people I know use "a flake" of hay as a measurment. I find it very hard to think of different way to measure hay.... Just saying, not trying to be rude.

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