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New gelding, a little on the skinny side...HELP!

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        09-03-2010, 01:33 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    He doesn't look skinny to me, he looks like he just needs muscle. I can't see his ribs or anything. I think you should just give him some time to settle in, with lots of hay and see if he gets to where you would like him to be. If not, address the issue again.
         
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        09-03-2010, 01:37 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    Its not the best picture...Ill take some better ones tonight.

    But your right, he does need muscle.
         
        09-03-2010, 01:39 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    Thats a good idea....and he may be hard to catch cause everything is new to him still....when he's out in his paddock, go out there and just walk around...check fencing...bring a brush with you...leave the halter and lead behind and just poke around out there and let him see you and he may get curious enough to start taking steps towards you...if not, try an apple and brush him down while he's grazing....soon enough he'll realize this treatment is pretty nice and he won't run away from you. Take some time to get to know each other and most of all be patient with him..hes probably a little scared right now too.
         
        09-03-2010, 01:50 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    Ya that's what I've been doing so far. Last night I tied him up and brushed him down and he was pretty quiet. Its nice to know he enjoyed the brushing. Then I let him loose again and just cleaned his paddock and I would walk up to him and he would walk away a few times but when he figured out I wasnt trying to catch him, just give him some rub downs then he was good. When I left the paddock he followed me to the gate. That made me happy :) The smallest things make me happy with this horse...Im going to take the small wins! Haha

    He was never fed any apples or any thing with his previous owners so he wont take any thing from me besides grain but he wont take it from my hand but he figured out the grain bucket pretty quick, he will come to me when its in my hand but I don't want to have a grain bucket in my hand every time I try to catch him so we have lots to work on...

    O the joys of having a new horse..
         

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