Originally Posted by atthezookeeper
Is he teetering? He looks as if he is. If you aren't familiar with the term it refers to a horse's hip being higher than his withers, it means you are going to see a change in height very soon. .
What?? A horse's butt/hip being higher than it's wither is "butt high", it's a conformation fault in horses. Young horses will go through different stages where they can go back and forth between conformation "issues" and then will settle out to their most permanent body type.. A horse that is 5 years old, like the OP's horse, won't be doing any drastic changing, he MAY muscle up or "bulk up" a little more, but a 5 year old's conformation isn't going to change much at all..Like the horse posted above..
Harley, we can't really give you any conformation thoughts without better pictures. The pictures you posted could either be spot on correct or completely wrong. It's hard to tell.. As far as weight, he's a tad on the chunky side.. Having the little bit of TB blood isn't going to make him look like a TB. If anything having the QH and paint bloodlines will be more likely to make him a stocky and wider horse, not like the build of a TB..
One flake of hay off of a square bale is NOT much at all..That's not enough for most ponies in a 24 hour period.. and usually oats has little to no nutritional value. It's more of a filler than anything, perfect for the "making him think he's getting something" treat you're using it for.