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post #1 of 9 Old 08-26-2009, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
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Do u see a difference???

I just bought a horse that is about 150 lbs overweight. here are some pics of him when i first got him, if you look in the first pic everyone tells me he doesnt need to lose BUT if you see him in person u see the fat deposits. I enclosed some pics where u can see the fat lol. the second pic u can see the little bit of cresting on the top of the neck, the second you can see how he looks when he isnt stretched out(belly popping out) the third you can see the fat deposits down both sides of his spine where there should be muscle. I am working him and have gotten about 40 lbs off so far. the last 5 pics are from last sunday (3 weeks of diet and conditoning). do u see any difference? And do you think I am crazy for wanting him to lose some more weight?

ps- i know i am wearing tennis shoes but i was riding bareback so wasnt worried about feet getting caught in stirrups as i didnt have any lol
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-26-2009, 12:43 AM Thread Starter
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OOPS typo on that. forgot to post the pic where u can see the fat down his spine lol here it is
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post #3 of 9 Old 08-26-2009, 02:49 AM
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Yeah, he could bear to lose a little more LOL. I can see a bit of difference but losing weight takes time, I can't wait to see what he looks like in 2 months ;).

But, then again, I always preferred a horse a little on the fat side to one that is a little on the skinny side. Unhealthy, I know, but I like to feel like I have a horse under me, not a sawhorse.
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post #4 of 9 Old 08-26-2009, 08:11 AM
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He looks pretty good to me. I don't see fatty deposits at the top of his tail or around his shoulders. Can you feel his ribs yet?

Work on riding him at forward gaits (not slow) with his head lowered. That will help bring his belly up and develop some muscle on his topline.
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post #5 of 9 Old 08-26-2009, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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I like a horse with some substance as well but he was so out of shape when I got him, he was let out to pasture for over a year with nobody exercising him. As far as the slow pace, we try to balance it out about 1/2 at a fast pace and 1/2 at a brisk walk because we ride for 4-5 hours so we dont want to wear them out to much. Oh also the pics from sunday are about 3 hours into the ride.
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post #6 of 9 Old 08-26-2009, 06:56 PM
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I agree, he is too heavy. I say it all of the time, but people like the look of a plump horse to the point, they do not even know they have plump horses more often than not.

I cannot really tell in the photos, mainly because I'd need to see a similar pose, but 40lbs in a horse is hard to detect unless you see them in person, I feel.

I think it is great you know he needs to loose. I have a pony I am trying to get some weight off of, and it is not moving!
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post #7 of 9 Old 08-27-2009, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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lol I dont want him to get that super athletic build like some people like their horses to be. However I would like for him to not look pregnant lmao. Its been difficult for him though because most of the horses where he is kept are obese!
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All I can say is... it takes a real man to wear pink!
That halter is BRIGHT!!! :)
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post #9 of 9 Old 08-28-2009, 01:10 AM Thread Starter
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I am getting his bridle made soon, its going to be black with neon pink accents. Hes a gelding so he doesnt mind being a little feminine lmao. He also doesnt mind anything I do with him as long as we are together. Ive made such a strong bond with this horse and ive only had him for a month. There is nothing he wont let me do. Hes still getting used to all the loving though cause as far as i can tell he hasnt had a lot of loving. He was owned by a couple who bought him for their teenage son and he didnt love on him, just rode him for about a year and he has been out to pasture with no real attention except to get his grain for about 1.5 years...up until now haha
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