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        04-25-2012, 11:45 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Do you think they need more weight?

    I took some pictures of the boys over the weekend and I wanted your opinions to see if they need more groceries...

    About my boys:
    Chief: 6 yr old black/white MFT
    Scout: 3 yr old palomino/white MFT - they do get worked 6 days a week - Scout only gets worked 45 minutes ground work only - not under saddle yet and Chief gets a little longer an hour an half to 2 hrs... he is under saddle and I do ground work before I ride

    The pictures might not be that good, they're in the round pen and the trees might be casting shadows on the boys....















    What do you think?
         
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        04-26-2012, 12:00 AM
      #2
    Trained
    Hi,

    Yeah, the pics aren't the best, too small to see detail too. But they don't look underweight at all to me. I don't know if MFT's are lighter in the hind end or such, but it appears your Chief could perhaps do with some more muscle on his hindquarters - looks a little angular there, but probably not 'condition' as such. As you call Chief 'black & white' & the pics show a brown & white horse, if he's meant to be darker, I suspect it's likely due to a nutrient deficiency/imbalance.
         
        04-26-2012, 12:04 AM
      #3
    Foal
    Mostly I just think they need more butt muscles. Not really underweight just under muscled, but that comes with time.
         
        04-26-2012, 12:15 AM
      #4
    Showing
    Hmm.. they aren't skinny but they aren't fat. I would want them a teensy bit bigger and with a lot more muscle.

    But not bad :)
         
        04-26-2012, 12:19 AM
      #5
    Weanling
    I agree with the above posters. Decent condition, well cared for horses, only thing is that they could use some muscling and a teeny bit more weight.
    Very cute horses!
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        04-26-2012, 12:21 AM
      #6
    Foal
    Great post
         
        04-26-2012, 12:25 AM
      #7
    Foal
    I kinda had a panic mode about 2 weeks ago -

    2 weeks ago this is what they were on:

    2lbs of Enrich 32 and pasture 24/7 that's it - well I went out on a Friday night, started looking about Chief noticed that he was getting a little poor on the top along his back bone/withers... so I went to Tractor Supply and got some Zimectrin - went back to the barn to worm both of them - looked at my records and the last time I wormed them was back in Aug of 2011 - I am planning on getting some fecal samples into the vet to see if I need to worm them again. I was told from another forum that I need to worm them with something that kills tapeworms as they do not show up on fecal exams...

    In my OMG my horses are loosing weight panic mode - I bought a bag of flax seed, 2 bags of timothy pellets, 1 bag of rice bran... the pasture that they are on is not very good they have to really work at grazing on the grass... we didn't really have a winter - but we did get some rain earlier this month but I have a feeling that summer is going to be hard... anyway....

    So I went to the barn wormed the horses and added the timothy pellets to their Saturdays evening meal - Chief is a choker he's choked so many times that he knows how to clear his own throat - Scout has never choked until that Saturday..... both of the boys choked on the timothy pellets that night.

    Chief cleared his own throat, Scout being that this was the first time I could tell that he was still feeling uncomfortable about it - shaking his head, pawing etc... so I called the vet out he come out sedated him, tubed him and gave him a round of antibodic shots... $282 later... he was all better except for the sore throat... now what I've figured out is they get fed out of those normal over the panal feeders... but what they're doing is that the food is piled so that they're able to get a big mouthful so big that they're not able to chew all of it so therefore they swallow some of it hence the choking... to fix that problem they are eating out of round big feeders where they have use their lips and front teeth to pick up their grain with....

    So - on the other foum they suggested for the weight gain that I need to switch them to either Ulitma or Purina Stategy Healthy Edge - I went for the PSHE - I still have E32 so this is what I am feeding them right now...

    Started them out at
    AM/PM
    1lb of RB
    1lb of PSHE
    1/2lb of rice bran

    Right now at this time they're getting:
    AM/PM
    1.5lbs PSHE
    1/2 E32
    1/2 rice bran

    And Saturday I am getting some blue stem barn kept hay...that I am really excited about...

    So that's my story... ugh!!!

    And yes Chief really isn't black - he fades in the summer.

    We really don't have hills where I live and the only other way I know to build HQ muscles is to do lots of backing, any other exercises that I can do?
         
        04-26-2012, 12:26 AM
      #8
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Lins    
    I agree with the above posters. Decent condition, well cared for horses, only thing is that they could use some muscling and a teeny bit more weight.
    Very cute horses!
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    Thank you - I do try to take care of them the best way I know how....
         
        04-26-2012, 12:50 AM
      #9
    Trained
    Quote:
    get fed out of those normal over the panal feeders... but what they're doing is that the food is piled so that they're able to get a big mouthful so big that they're not able to chew all of it so therefore they swallow some of it hence the choking... to fix that problem they are eating out of round big feeders where they have use their lips and front teeth to pick up their grain with....
    Yes, gorging feed can do it, so can feeding them too high - eg. 'over the panel' - horses are built to eat with their necks stretched out, not up & arched.

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    And yes Chief really isn't black - he fades in the summer.
    Commonly lack of copper does this.
         
        04-26-2012, 12:54 AM
      #10
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by loosie    
    Yes, gorging feed can do it, so can feeding them too high - eg. 'over the panel' - horses are built to eat with their necks stretched out, not up & arched.

    The feeder that I am feeding them out of now are on the ground where they are in a more grazing position.



    Commonly lack of copper does this.
    Can I buy a copper supplement - I've heard that paprika can help with this but it may be too late in the season to start this sort of thing?
         

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