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post #1 of 16 Old 11-08-2010, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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Should i work a horse I'm trying to put weight on???

I just bought a 6 year old thoroughbred gelding, he's about 16 hand. The first time I saw him I was shocked his back bone is sticking out his ribs show and he's lost alot of muscle in his hips. His owner saw nothing wrong with this, she said that this is how she likes her horses. And i've seen pictures of this horse before she had him and he was beautiful. He's and OTTB His sire was storm cat, his grandfather was seattle slew and his great grandfather was secretariat pretty awesome pedigree. Any ways I'm feeding him sentinal performance which is recommended for rescues who need to gain weight, its high in fiber, protein and fat but low in startch and sugar. And pature during the day and all the hay and pasture at night. My question is should I lounge him or ride him at all or should I just let him gain weight first. I want him to gain muscle to not just fat. Plus I don't want him to get hyper from not being worked. Thanks alot please any input would be helpful.
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post #2 of 16 Old 11-08-2010, 03:05 PM
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If his back bone is still sticking up, I would stick to lunging for a while. I would use some loose-ish side reins so that it encourages him to use himself a bit, and not just run around hollow. Or a chambogne (sp?).... I have one and like it more than side reins on most horses.

Good luck with him!
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Heres a picture of him I just got him on saturday sorry it's kind of a bad picture.
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post #4 of 16 Old 11-08-2010, 04:14 PM
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That horse is emaciated.

Get the weight on him, then worry about exercising to build up his muscles.

He needs weight first. Poor thing is nothing but skin and bones.
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post #5 of 16 Old 11-08-2010, 04:21 PM
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Ohh.. yes, he needs to just work on getting fat for now. Then you can slowly start working with him on walking and light trotting on the lunge.
Wanted to add.... if he is getting plenty of turnout, I wouldn't worry about lack of exercise and being hyper. You can just work on the ground for now... learning how to properly give to halter pressure, respecting your space, basic stuff.

Good luck with him, and keep us updated on his progress!

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I certainly will keep you updated thanks. I started taking pictures so I can track his progress.
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post #7 of 16 Old 11-08-2010, 07:33 PM
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I'll be very interested to see what his true personality is after his feeling good personality emerges. Storm Cat was a very high strung horse and most of his offspring inherited his spirit. Definitely needs groceries for now. He'll get there.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #8 of 16 Old 11-08-2010, 09:27 PM
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Definitely hold off on the riding. He can't gain muscle when he has no weight on him and the very first thing you need to worry about is getting weight on him. Poor thing You can start working a horse and get muscle on them anytime but right NOW he needs weight, no work work (undersaddle or lunging) as that will not help him gain anything. I can't wait to see him when he has gained some! I'm glad he found you

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post #9 of 16 Old 11-08-2010, 11:42 PM
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Poor guy, good thing you got him! I agree, just feed and hand walk him for the next month, then you can start lunging and light riding. He looks like he needs be dewormed as well. I'd have the vet check his teeth too.
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post #10 of 16 Old 11-09-2010, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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Yes, we are going to worm him he has a bit of a belly on him, I've also thought of maybe he might have sand in his belly?!?. The vets coming thursday so we'll see what she says As far as his temperment, his previous owner says he's a quarter horse wanna be. And little kids have ridden him, so we'll see once he's got weight on him. Heres some more pictures from today, the ones with his pasture body Buck.
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