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        12-17-2012, 04:06 PM
      #11
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by twp    
    My friend's Anglo Arab was 16.2hh, but had that same build.. Is he very active?
    I do free jumping three times a week. (jumps up to 1m high) and he's just been broken in (by me ) and is doing some light exercise like lunging and being ridden in a walk. (we still need to fit a saddle for him, because he's "grown" while he became "fatter". That's why I'm not trotting him yet, because he has a very bumpy trot and it's hard to stay on without a saddle, although I've done it before). I also do groundwork with him, like walking, stopping and trotting in-hand. On the paddock, he runs often with his best friend, Fleet, a TB gelding. After Xmas (I'm getting a saddlery warehouse voucher from my parents :P) I will be able to do more intense work with him, because then I'm going to finally buy a saddle for him.
         
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        12-17-2012, 04:12 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Not 'skinny', but he needs a bit of toning up! If you want a food for it Allen and Page is some good stuff :)
         
        12-17-2012, 05:30 PM
      #13
    twp
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    Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher5    
    I do free jumping three times a week. (jumps up to 1m high) and he's just been broken in (by me ) and is doing some light exercise like lunging and being ridden in a walk. (we still need to fit a saddle for him, because he's "grown" while he became "fatter". That's why I'm not trotting him yet, because he has a very bumpy trot and it's hard to stay on without a saddle, although I've done it before). I also do groundwork with him, like walking, stopping and trotting in-hand. On the paddock, he runs often with his best friend, Fleet, a TB gelding. After Xmas (I'm getting a saddlery warehouse voucher from my parents :P) I will be able to do more intense work with him, because then I'm going to finally buy a saddle for him.

    Yes! Her horse Loveddd to jump!! I swear, horses with that type of build are always a little harder to stay on bareback, lol.. But, if you can stay on him, you can stay on any horse bareback, lol.

    Are you going to keep him english?.. Or get a western saddle?

    I would definitely consult a vet, about how much to feed.. Not saying you don't know how much to feed, but they did tell my friend to feed her horse as much as he would eat.. So, he had food in his stall all the time, untill he started gaining weight.. The vet stuck around to make sure he wasn't going to eat a whole bucket of food, and he did actually eat only untill he was full, unlike most horses, lol. I would definitely have a talk with them about gaining weight on your horse though. :)
         
        12-18-2012, 09:54 PM
      #14
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by twp    
    Yes! Her horse Loveddd to jump!! I swear, horses with that type of build are always a little harder to stay on bareback, lol.. But, if you can stay on him, you can stay on any horse bareback, lol.

    Are you going to keep him english?.. Or get a western saddle?

    I would definitely consult a vet, about how much to feed.. Not saying you don't know how much to feed, but they did tell my friend to feed her horse as much as he would eat.. So, he had food in his stall all the time, untill he started gaining weight.. The vet stuck around to make sure he wasn't going to eat a whole bucket of food, and he did actually eat only untill he was full, unlike most horses, lol. I would definitely have a talk with them about gaining weight on your horse though. :)
    I'm going to keep him English. Today is one of his 'good' days, he looks just like any healthy, "fat" horsie! it's summer in NZ right now so I'm giving him about half a 5L bucket full of milassed sugar beet and two big handfuls of Dunstan Coolfeed (which is a mix of different stuff and also has vitamins and chaff and molasses in it) I gave him a mineral paddock lik-it and he loves it (but doesn't eat too much of it ) because he was eating dirt, do I figured he had a vitamin deficiency. Now he's totally fine. I rode him today, too and he was great (apart from the fact that he's a lazy, big block ) . I'm looking forward to that saddle, though!
         
        12-18-2012, 10:56 PM
      #15
    Showing
    Good weight, poor muscle tone. He just needs to work :)
         
        12-18-2012, 11:24 PM
      #16
    twp
    Banned
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    Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher5    
    I'm going to keep him English. Today is one of his 'good' days, he looks just like any healthy, "fat" horsie! it's summer in NZ right now so I'm giving him about half a 5L bucket full of milassed sugar beet and two big handfuls of Dunstan Coolfeed (which is a mix of different stuff and also has vitamins and chaff and molasses in it) I gave him a mineral paddock lik-it and he loves it (but doesn't eat too much of it ) because he was eating dirt, do I figured he had a vitamin deficiency. Now he's totally fine. I rode him today, too and he was great (apart from the fact that he's a lazy, big block ) . I'm looking forward to that saddle, though!

    Awesome. :) Yeah, my friend's horse ended up being anemic, or something like that.. He developed the disease where his nose would bleed, after running.. but he is pretty old now.. I think 17/18? He was so fast, he'd rake tears out of your eyes, lol.

    Can't lie, I don't know what any of that stuff is, lol. I heard of beet pulp.. Is that the same thing as sugar beet? What is chaff?.. Oh, like a hay stretcher?.. Is it like, small hay bits?
         
        12-18-2012, 11:29 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
    I keep mine a tad fatter. I prefer to see a bit more filling out on his sides.
         
        12-18-2012, 11:37 PM
      #18
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by stevenson    
    I keep mine a tad fatter. I prefer to see a bit more filling out on his sides.
    I agree, a bit more wouldn't hurt. Standies are usually easy keepers, so it shouldn't take much more.
    Pictured is my standie mare
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        12-18-2012, 11:44 PM
      #19
    Green Broke
    Your Standie mare is pretty. Look at her shiny coat !
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        12-18-2012, 11:55 PM
      #20
    Trained
    Thanks
    She was always shiny, even in winter.
    Had to rehome her when I came here. She is now a very much loved family horse.
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