As most of you know, when I got Claymore, he was very obese. Not just on the chubby side, but seriously fat and unhealthy. Check out his new slimmer physique! Updated pictures of Claymore
I know he still needs to lose some, but I'm not sure how much is weight needing to be lost, and how much is conditioning/muscle needing gained. When I got him, we couldn't tape him accurately because the weight tape wouldn't fit all the way around his girth line - we had to measure the difference and do a little math to place him at about 1750 lbs. (and I know weight tapes are not terribly accurate anyways.) He was on a strict diet all last summer, fall, and through the winter, as well as regular wormings, teeth floated, etc. He was also being worked daily last summer and fall, but not ridden a lot at all, maybe once a week this winter. Just starting to ride him daily again. But I taped him today, and the tape actually fit around him - 1350 lbs according to the tape. (again, I know not an overall accurate measurement but still a decent indication of weight lost.)
So I need help trying to come up with an appropriate "goal" weight with him. He's a big horse, but not super tall - 16.2 hh, but as you can see in the pictures built very stocky. I'm thinking I should be aiming for around 1250 lbs with some flexibility of course for muscle gained. What do you guys think?