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post #11 of 62 Old 04-30-2013, 05:36 PM
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He doesn't look skinny to me in that second photo, though its hard to tell with just that part of his body showing. I actually see a lot of improvement from the first to last picture. What is the time span between them? He was definitely way under muscled in the first picture, and underweight, but it seems like he's added some top line since then.

Does he string he neck out high and hollow out his back on the hills?
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There's a HUGE amount of improvement on his topline and around his wither area. It's not sunken in anymore. He just has a bit of a belly right now, which will get nice and tighter as he continues to build muscle.

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The pictures are backwards .... the top one is now:/ and second one is summer
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Oh, I see. He seems to have had a bad winter. Did you adapt his feeding regiment to his added work and the fact that horses need more feed in the winter most of the time? Has his hay decreased in quality?

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Ah, then he has lost his topline.. just keep doing what you're doing. He'll come around!

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He was on pasture all summer.. no hay or anything.. I feed them (two horses) a half a flake of BIG BALED HAY in the morning and another half at night. I will feed sunny extra if I should(secretly because my dad doesn't think there's anything wrong with him-skinny wise -_-)
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And you worked him consistently from then ?

He could need something that is missing in the hay.

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We were feeding alfalfa and then grass. I rode him everyday.. not really hard to the point were he was sweating bad. But somedays yes I was. He was just wormed about 4 days ago. So I'm hoping it could will get better:/ I feel bad that I've let him go from that to this over the summer:(
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What kind of hay is it? When you're trying to build muscle, quality protein is really important.

I think he needs more calories, and a ration balancer or a concentrated feed that has whatever your hay might lack.

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He was on pasture all summer.. no hay or anything.. I feed them (two horses) a half a flake of BIG BALED HAY in the morning and another half at night. I will feed sunny extra if I should(secretly because my dad doesn't think there's anything wrong with him-skinny wise -_-)
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Half a flake of hay, or half a bail of hay? Half a flake is just a taste of hay and half a big wire string bail of hay- there is somethin wrong..
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