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post #1 of 11 Old 06-14-2009, 02:04 AM Thread Starter
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Fat 3 year old

So when Thunder had his check up a couple weeks ago, the vet said overall he's in good health, but his weight (he exaggerated) is equivilant to a 150lb 5th grader! lol He said he needs to start some training and that he needs to tone it up. I got the bill in the mail the other day and in the comments it said "large body and tiny legs"!!! lol I need to get him in shape, any ideas to build leg muscle besides hills....as I don't have any. even when I wasn't slacking on his excercise he never really seemed to build back leg muscles. Am I worrying too much or should I be on a strictor schedule?

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post #2 of 11 Old 06-14-2009, 03:55 AM
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Wow - he doesn't look overweight to me at all... I mean. He could stand to gain muscle, but I don't see him being obese? Maybe I'm missing something...
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How accustomed is your vet to seeing mustangs? :p He looks pretty typical to me and I would hate to see what your vet would say about both of mine. Thunder is skinny next to them. LOL. He could use a little more muscle, sure. But remember, he is still just a youngster. Dobe weighed about 800 lbs as a 3 year old and now at 7 is closer to 1100. I wouldn't worry about it too much. With more time and riding, he will build some muscle tone and even out some. Of course, you could always ship him to TX for a while. ;p I would be glad to ride him up and down some hills for you and maybe rope a calf or two off him. LOL.

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post #4 of 11 Old 06-14-2009, 06:24 AM
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Wow - he doesn't look overweight to me at all... I mean. He could stand to gain muscle, but I don't see him being obese? Maybe I'm missing something...
I agree he doesn't look overweight.

As far as muscle, do you know any information about the parents? Some lines mature physically a lot faster than others. Out first Paint filly was 1050 lbs and muscled like a tank when she was 3 (perhaps her Impressive blood). Our youngest, though, has a line in which all her siblings took a full 6-7 years to physically mature, and they didn't start filling out until they were done growing. She's 5 now, 900+ lbs, and has just started to fill out muscle wise.

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He really doesn't look overweight to me. Unless he's way hairier than the picture looks like, I don't see the tiny legs comment, either. He could stand to gain a little muscle, and for that I would suggest just ride him as often as possible, not necessarily fast or hard, just get him working a little, enough to wet the underside of the saddle pad is fine.

Here is a link to a short description of body condition scoring for horses. How to Condition Score Horses - by Susan Evans Garlinghouse The pics aren't very good, but you can get an idea of how to give your own "second opinion". There are a lot of other sites and literature on this kind of scoring. It's difficult to tell from a photo alone, but he looks about moderate to moderately fleshy (5, 6), not bad at all, to me. I have seen morbidly obese horses, (as in, seriously, a score of 8-9! The size was explained to me as being massive muscle. No. ) and your horse is nowhere near the "150 lb. 5th Grader" mark.

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post #6 of 11 Old 06-14-2009, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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ya that's what I thought too guys thanks! I just had to post about it because thats what was written in the comments on the bill lol. They said he needs a job he can work at and enjoy and that riding him 1-2 times a week wasn't enough to build the soft muscle he has. Sorry it was late last night....forgot to put that in there. I guesss they were joking around with me?? lol I didn't think he was uber fat either, that's why i needed your folks opinion! lol. I don't know much about his bloodlines except the names and there's not really any info on them. I just think he's not matured muscle wise yet. He is 15.1hh and about 900lbs im guessing on ther weight. Thanks again i feel better!
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post #7 of 11 Old 06-14-2009, 01:43 PM
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He doesn't look overweight at all to me. I could only imagine what your vet would say about my haflingers. LOL.

I used to have a mustang out of Nevada and even at 5 years old he never had the big muscles on the hind like my other horses, but he sure could move pretty!

Does your boy get a lot of turn-out where he can excersize on his own and run around? That will help some when you can't ride. If he is still young I wouldn't be overly concerned right now with building up too much muscle until he has matured a bit. 5-7 years of age is when you tend to see the best muscle development on a mustang it seems.

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post #8 of 11 Old 06-14-2009, 02:41 PM
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Yep, just to kinda give you an idea of how Dobe developed, here is a pretty crappy pic from when we got him at 3

And here is a pic from when he was 4

Here is a picture of him last year at 6.

And finally, here is the most current pic I have, he is under saddle and the picture is not very good, but you get the idea.

So you can bet that Ol' Thunder has a quite a bit more growing to do before he is through. :)
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post #9 of 11 Old 06-14-2009, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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oooooh sm!!! That makes me feel so much better!! Dobes had the same body style at his age!!! oh im so happy lol, I figured he would always be gauky like hahaha. Thanks so much for sharing :)

and ya he get's turned out daily i guess it's just his body type until he grows up! Thanks guys that's very helpful!
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He doesn't look that fat but yeah he could maybe do with a little muscle. You could help him gain that just by walking, trotting, lunging. :) He looks fine. Very cute.
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