Can you see any improvement in condition?

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    07-09-2011, 08:26 AM
Can you see any improvement in condition?


Just wondering if you think my OTTB mare has improved in condition at all? I think she has, but maybe it is just wishful thinking??

The first photo was taken a month ago, the second photo was taken today...
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    07-09-2011, 11:21 AM
I can perhaps see a slight improvement, but you have to realize that only one month is not going to produce much NOTICEABLE improvement.

I have an OTTB of my own who had a body score of 2 when we bought him:

IT took us almost an entire YEAR to get him to this point:

Getting thin horses' weight up should be done slowly....

So, it seems as though your horse looks a tiny bit better, so keep on doing what you are doing......just don't expect any noticeably dramatic result for a few months......

These things, done right, take time.

So don't get discouraged if it seems like a slow process....
    07-09-2011, 12:08 PM
I think it's deceiving that in the first pic she is more shiny. Many people associate a shiny coat with a healthy horse. In the second picture she does not seem shiny, maybe the light was different. It's rather hard to tell also because I see two different sides of the horse. I think I see that you took the back shoes off? Her feet look good from what I can see. There isn't much difference between the two pictures, maybe a tiny bit of weight gained, but really hard to tell, sorry. She looks like a lovely mare though, and defiantly doesn't look as skinny as i've seen some TB's look.
    07-09-2011, 03:52 PM
I find she's filled out a wee bit, and overall looks better groomed. I'm assuming she lost that "shine" because the first photo was taken in the sun and the second wasn't, her coat still looks healthy though. Is she blanketed overnight or something? She seems to have rub marks on her shoulders in both photos, I'm just a little confused because it's July?
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    07-09-2011, 04:29 PM
The OP lives in Australia, it's winter there right now ;)

It's hard to judge from those photos but it look like maybe she gained a little? What are you feeding her?
    07-09-2011, 07:59 PM
Originally Posted by Spastic_Dove    
The OP lives in Australia, it's winter there right now ;)

It's hard to judge from those photos but it look like maybe she gained a little? What are you feeding her?
Ahh thanks for the clarification
    07-09-2011, 11:39 PM
Thanks for the replies! Don't worry, I know it is going to take her a long time to bounce back - especially in her case. The poor darling was in a bad way when I got her. I just wanted some feedback to know I am on the right track!

When I first got her, she could barely chew hay her teeth were so sharp. She also had severe gastric ulcers and corns on her front feet!

Over the last couple of months I have sorted out all these problems, plus I have had a couple of bowen therapy sessions done, and she is a much happier horse for it! :)

She is being fed 4kg weightlifter, 500g speedi-beet, probiotics, canola oil, apple cider vinegar, slippery elm bark powder, and a multi vitamin + B1 supplement - this is split into two feeds a day. She is also out 24/7, and has free choice lucerne hay and access to a wheaten hay round bale (though she never touches this!!)

In the last month her appetite has really picked up.

I've included a photo of her rump (showing her birdcatcher spots - this shows how shiny her coat is), and a shot of her from the other side taken yesterday.
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    07-11-2011, 07:39 PM
Lol, her butt does look a bit shiny there! It sure sounds like she's come a long way. If her appetite has come up then her weight will hopefully follow. Best of Luck =)
    08-28-2011, 10:07 PM
So, its now been a couple of months since the last photos were taken - I think there has been some definite weight/muscle gain.

Her coat looks awful, but I think its just becuase we are coming into spring, and she is shedding out her awful unhealthy coat almost in handfuls!!

What do you guys think...?
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    08-28-2011, 10:24 PM
Now THAT'S an improvement! Nice work
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