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        06-03-2013, 07:33 AM
      #11
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by BigGirlsRideWarmbloods    
    ****! DAT A$$! That is a GREAT QH hind end.

    I would follow the advice of that horses trainer down to a T. Results speak for themselves.


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    Thanks. BTW, lest anyone think that halter is just a young horse's discipline, in that picture, "Mandy" is 16 years old, and she still looks just as good today at 18 years.
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        06-25-2013, 03:49 PM
      #12
    Foal
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    Okay so those last photos I posted were taken at the end of May. These new photos were taken yesterday (June 24). What do you guys think of his improvement in the past few weeks? I have been feeding him a different diet and doing more walk/trot/canter work with him. Slowly but surely we are getting there. :)



    Sorry for the angle here, but I wanted to include a shot of his other side and this was about the most level shot I got facing that way. Lol
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        06-25-2013, 04:21 PM
      #13
    Trained
    He definitely looks better and I like the way his chest/ shoulder is looking. Can you do hill work?
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        06-25-2013, 11:08 PM
      #14
    Started
    He looks way better! His butt is filling out more too, good job!
         
        06-26-2013, 12:06 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Thank you. PaintHorseMares, there aren't too many hills available right now because most of the places I ride have been planted with corn for the year. Lol But I have a few smaller hills I can work with him on.
         
        06-26-2013, 12:22 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    Keep up the good work, he's looking a lot better!
         
        06-26-2013, 12:45 PM
      #17
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by chelz    
    Thank you. PaintHorseMares, there aren't too many hills available right now because most of the places I ride have been planted with corn for the year. Lol But I have a few smaller hills I can work with him on.
    Good. Whatever W/T you can do on even small hills is great. You can canter/lope as a change of pace or for fun, but the trot s the gait you really want to focus on for building muscle.
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        06-26-2013, 12:49 PM
      #18
    Trained
    Doing W/T on hills of any size will help him a lot. He still needs some weight over all but especially his butt and flanks. He's improving immensely though, keep up the good work! He's going to be gorgeous once you get him all filled out and fitted up.
         
        06-26-2013, 05:51 PM
      #19
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
    Thanks. BTW, lest anyone think that halter is just a young horse's discipline, in that picture, "Mandy" is 16 years old, and she still looks just as good today at 18 years.
    Here's my 18 YO AQHA Gelding I retired last year from AQHA competition....he had a Halter ROM and over 100 points in WP (pts in other events too). This shot was from a huge AQHA show in NY, Aged Geldings, 16 horses in the class, he was 16 here....and he pinned 3rd under both judges:




    To the OP....you need to look at your feed program. Your horse should have flesh over his bones and spine, and because he doesn't...he's lacking both weight and muscle. The lastest pics....the 3 you posted, the middle pic I see a difference, the other I don't. But it takes time. He needs good quality hay and a lot of it. Because he's in work, there is no worry about a hay belly. To build more more muscle in the hind end....hills work, but lots of long trotting with him bringing his back up and hocks underneath will help. Also backing him up in-hand and then walking off works as well (lots of backing).
         
        06-26-2013, 07:21 PM
      #20
    Trained
    ^^^ very nice and I agree about the hay. All our horses have free choice hay available even when there is plenty of pasture and none are fat.
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