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        11-15-2010, 05:20 PM
      #1
    Weanling
    Is it just me or.. *update*

    I posted a thread about this little mare a few weeks ago and I wanted to post some update pics and get some advice. I got a good sway back pad for her and have been working on strengthening her topline a bit. Let me know what you think?

    She was a rescue as a 2 year old. She came as an awkward baby, skin and bones. She filled out quite a bit over the last three years and I have just recently put her on a feeding program (just a vitamin/mineral balancer plus some roughage chunks as she really doesn't need weight gain). She is on 24/7 pasture with access to hay but is never with the other horses at the feeder, she prefers to be off by herself grazing on whatever grass is left.

    BEFORE:


    NOW: (This is not me, it is a friend in these pictures)




    So I was really wondering if you see any difference. I realize she has quite the belly on her but she is not pregnant. I think it may have to do with digestion so I'm going to try her on a yeast product by Purina that supposedly helps get rid of the hind gut. I have been working her on the lunge line without a saddle and getting her to stretch out nicely. Undersaddle we've been working on basically the same thing; Stretching out and lots of long trotting. She's been doing really well so far and I plan to continue throughout the winter as much as I can. Hopefully I will be able to get her out on the trail again in the next few weeks to do some hill work before the snow hits...
         
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        11-15-2010, 08:14 PM
      #2
    Foal
    Wow, you have done an EXCELLENT job!!!!!
    Even know that I don't know you, im still very proud that you have basically saved a horse and that's something to be proud of seriously.

    You have done a wonderful thing and good luck with her
         
        11-15-2010, 08:25 PM
      #3
    Weanling
    Thank you :) you have no idea how good that makes me feel.
    She really is special, so I do feel quite blessed to have come across her.
    She is just about the sweetest horse I have ever worked with. She has a big personality for such a little horse and she's just a doll. I take her just about everywhere with me, I swear this horse would follow me to the ends of the earth if I asked her to join me.
    So thank you for your kind words it makes a difference to me, hearing it from someone I don't even know!
         
        11-15-2010, 09:06 PM
      #4
    Weanling
    She does look better already! Kudos!
         
        11-15-2010, 09:19 PM
      #5
    Green Broke
    She looks ten times better! Great job.
         
        11-15-2010, 09:21 PM
      #6
    Foal
    Wow what a difference. She looks heaps better. ;)
         
        11-15-2010, 09:22 PM
      #7
    Green Broke
    I agree, definite improvement.

    You might also want to test her manure for sand. If she's the type to graze on tiny grass, then she's probably picking up a lot of sand, which can cause a distended belly.
         
        11-15-2010, 09:55 PM
      #8
    Weanling
    Cindereve, ShutupJoe, Blazeriversong- Thank you :) I'm soso happy !!

    Luvs2ride1979- Thanks, I will definitely check. If she does turn out to be ingesting some sand, is there anything I can do to help pass it through?
         
        11-15-2010, 10:05 PM
      #9
    Foal
    The difference is HUGE.... she looked much older than her stated age in the first pic due to the sway in her back and what almost looked like some bloat in her belly. She looks wonderful in comparison in her other pics. :) Excellent work!
         
        11-15-2010, 10:16 PM
      #10
    Weanling
    Thank you :) Also guys, any suggestions for exercises you like to do with your horses. Different warm ups or anything. I like to change it up with her as she gets bored pretty easily, AND catches on very quickly. Any ideas are appreciated! Thanks a ton
         

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