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post #1 of 6 Old 06-04-2012, 12:41 AM Thread Starter
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Would love thoughts about new gelding

Hi all! I am new to the world of horse ownership, and online forums (ha ha)! However, reading through the threads on this page I saw some BEAUTIFUL horses and I loved how all comments/suggestions for further training were done so in a tactful manner, so I wanna put my new boy out there.

He is an approximately 7 year old Appendix. 16.2/16.3h (personally I lean towards 16.2 but papers and vet both claim 16.3). I have owned him for about a month. He belonged to a lady I knew through work, and when he went up for sale I grabbed him because I have worked with him in the past and I had fallen in love. I personally believe he hung the moon :) When I first got him he was more on the thin side with almost no topline development. Still not much topline, but it has developed some. I switched his feed from All-Stock (yeck) to Strategy. I ride about 4-5 times per week if work allows and try to get at least an hour of work in. Usually if we are just doing a trail ride with friends, I will ride him for 2+ hours. He is coming along great and I love him no matter what his looks are, but I would love for some other opinions because like I said, I think I am pretty biased. These are not the best of pictures and I will try to get some more later this week if needed.
The first picture is a shot of him the first day he came to my barn (ribs, etc prominent) and the last picture is the latest shot of him. He is a super willing boy and he has a heart of gold. So fire away all!
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-04-2012, 12:58 AM
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not a thing to "dis" about him. he is well put together and will look even better when he fills out/muscles up more. you got a winner there!
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post #3 of 6 Old 06-04-2012, 01:02 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you, that is good to hear :) I have ridden for most of my life, but have never focused too much on confirmation aspects and I am starting to try and learn a little bit about it. I have had 2 or 3 people tell me they think he is a little short in the back and I just can't see it. Not sure if I am just not knowing what to look for or what. Do you have any thoughts/opinions on this? Don't know if these pics are the best for that question or not
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post #4 of 6 Old 06-04-2012, 03:05 AM
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I think he's well put together. Nice head and neck, nice sloping shoulder and good bone. croup may be a little steep but it's impossible to tell until he fills out more.

I would keep the riding light until he gains some weight. I would say at least a hundred pounds. You should feed something with a lot of fat in it. Not sure about strategy, check the label. Best source for fat is rice bran or a fat supplement like cool calories, or vegetable oil. but work up slow on the fat as it can cause diarrhea. and he should have all the hay he wants. make sure he has been wormed within the last 3 months too. here is a link if you are interested: http://www.ker.com/library/equinews/v2n1/v2n115.pdf

sorry, i know that's way more info than you asked for but i just thought i'd throw that in because i am well studied in equine nutrition. you must promise to post a photo when he's at optimum weight. he's going to be gorgeous!
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No that is perfectly ok! Please keep the information coming, especially nutritional information! Would it be ok if I PMed you sometime? I have some nutrition questions! . I will look into the fat content of Strategy, I just didn't want to keep him on all stock (was doing absolutely nothing for him nutrition wise, his coat/mane was incredibly dry when I got him) and strategy has shined him up a bit. Plus he is really starting to come alive so to speak, and his personality is more apparent with every pound he puts on.

I am giving him vegetable oil with his feedings and he is on 24 hour pasture board (GREAT pasture) in addition to being fed grain twice a day. He was about 150 lbs underweight when I first got him, and the vet was out the other day and said he looked to be gaining nicely. I agree he still has about 100 lbs to go. I will also cut back on the trotting and hill work until he gains some more weight and stick to just light trail riding. However, don't know if I'll be able to get him to keep it light in the pasture. He loves running around like a maniac with his buddies.

Also, he was wormed just this month, and his new worming schedule is to be wormed every other month. He had a bad parasite problem when acquired but vet took care of it and said he would monitor him. So far he is doing great, and he's gaining a lot quicker without his wormy belly.

I too am not sure about his croup. I am interested to see how it turns out. He has an old injury (not sure what it was from) that I originally thought was a hunter bump. Had vet also check this out. He said it was not a hunters bump, but definitely looked to be an injury caused by jumping- more than likely when he was far too young to be doing such work. He said however it didn't interfere with him so that no further measures needed to be taken. I'm keeping an eye on it however.

These pictures don't show them too much (I'll have to post more later) but he has quite a few scars he's brought with him from his past. He has had 4 different owners (that I know of) in a 1 year period because he was considered "hot, herd sour and disrespectful". Well, he is still herd sour, and the disrespect had its few minutes where it tries to rear its ugly head again but he's really coming along. Like I said, I have worked with him before I bought him, but I am just so glad to own him and be able to finally "fix" all the things that drove me wild before. Mainly, his health issues and his bad rep. He is turning into a great and sweet boy
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Form these photos he is a pretty nice horse. I think his back is a bit long and I noticed the bump as well. I defer to your vet (hands on vs. photos).

I would keep working him like you are. Instead of reducing the work, increase the feed. I know you said he was on "great" pasture.. but that will run out very very soon. It is VERY hard (read: Impossible) to condition a horse properly on pasture as his main feed. Get him some alfalfa cubes and feed him a couple of pounds of those along with his grain.

Keep the work up.. trotting up hills letting him really lean into the work to stretch his top line and increase his belly strength will do wonders for his back and his ability to balance.

Nice horse.

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