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post #1 of 5 Old 02-26-2012, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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Question about "filling out" a TB mix

I always thought I would be the owner of a QH or maybe a TWH...but as we all know, sometimes the right horse for us ends up being a breed of horse we never thought we would own.

I purchased an Argentinian Polo Pony (The Pony part makes me laugh because she is 15 hh) at the end of January. She is not registered but most polo ponies are TB mixes and the vet paperwork I received has her listed as a TB. She has been at my boarding facility since Feb. 4.

When I first saw her, she was underweight. Since she was moved to her new home, she has gained a considerable amount of weight and I am working on building muscle as well.

Since I am clueless about TB and their weight issues, I was wondering if it is normal for them to "fill out" in the rib area first. As you can see from the pics I am posting, she is filling out nicely there and is not as ribby. But her hips are still pretty bony. Can I expect her hips to stay that way (Is that a TB thing?) or will they fill out as well as she continues to gain some weight and muscle?

I am sorry if this is a stupid question and I will be asking my trainer and BO as well, but thought I would post here because I have been wondering.

The first picture was taken on Jan. 15. The second picture was taken last week.
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post #2 of 5 Old 02-26-2012, 02:15 PM
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She's looking much better, great job! My tb mare filled out around her belly first as well. With regular work she built up muscle in her neck and hind.. She now has a big round butt! I did lots and lots of trotting with her.
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post #3 of 5 Old 02-26-2012, 02:17 PM
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where are you at in VA ? Get her on some mountains trails like Graves MT, james river state park, lots of hill work will get her butt in shape.
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I am in the Fredericksburg area...i definitely plan on getting up to Graves Mt. I need to put some shoes on her for that. She is currently barefoot.
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post #5 of 5 Old 02-26-2012, 09:04 PM
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I'm not sure if there's much difference between an Australian TB and and American TB :S But I know, Ever since I'd had mine it's been all up and down :/ She's been from fat and plumpy, lean and fit, skinny, and now nice and fat :) My horse is fed a mix feed everynight and in a paddock with alot of grass, I noticed when she went downhill there was minimal grass and even though she was being fed hey and mixed feed day and night it did nothing and grass was a huge factor for weight.
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