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    02-10-2012, 03:30 PM
  #21
Weanling








He looks better in person, these pictures look like his back bone is kinda sticking up near his rump, but it is not. Completely smooth and straight. And he is really butt high at the moment, can't wait till his front end shoots up to match. And wish his tail would grow back out to match his pretty long mane!
     
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    02-10-2012, 03:42 PM
  #22
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by TimWhit91    








He looks better in person, these pictures look like his back bone is kinda sticking up near his rump, but it is not. Completely smooth and straight. And he is really butt high at the moment, can't wait till his front end shoots up to match. And wish his tail would grow back out to match his pretty long mane!

When were the first pics you posted taken? When were these taken?

Looking at these pics here, the comment I made about his back isnt true, it looks like maybe the hair was just pushed down, and then poofed up in the one spot, making his back look like it joined his hindquarters very strangely. Glad you posted these ones here
     
    02-10-2012, 03:55 PM
  #23
Weanling
The first pictures were taken a few days ago...I want to say monday. When I got him his back did look strange, I thought it was just because he was underweight. But today I went and saw him and it was gone. I don't know if it was the weight, or that he is starting to build some muscle, but he is looking better. And the farrier is coming today to try to fix his back feet, they are turning out too much.
     
    02-10-2012, 04:00 PM
  #24
Weanling
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Originally Posted by sierrams1123    
If your going to stick with Jr then I would feed two to two and a half scoops once a day.
I would recommend splittng it up to being feed twice daily, one and a half scoop each time.

I also do not think he looks too thin but I think the fluffy hair is adding to his weight appearance, you need fat to build mussel. You also need a stronger top line to support any additional weight....so I would work on that more then anything, but do not work him too much he is still young let him be a baby for a little longer.

Hmmm......I always thought it was protein that built muscle.

Super Nova
     
    02-10-2012, 04:02 PM
  #25
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Originally Posted by TimWhit91    
The first pictures were taken a few days ago...I want to say monday. When I got him his back did look strange, I thought it was just because he was underweight. But today I went and saw him and it was gone. I don't know if it was the weight, or that he is starting to build some muscle, but he is looking better. And the farrier is coming today to try to fix his back feet, they are turning out too much.
If its his natural way of standing there is only some much corrective shoeing can do before it actually makes things worse. You can not fix the way his bones are, its best to just ask the farrier to keep him balanced then to try and "fix" it. Like I said before, he still has some growing to do so messing with something that he may possibly grow out of would be a shame.
     
    02-10-2012, 04:03 PM
  #26
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Originally Posted by Super Nova    
Hmmm......I always thought it was protein that built muscle.

Super Nova
Yes, and where does protein come from? :)
     
    02-10-2012, 05:03 PM
  #27
Foal
Purina Horse Feeds - EQUINE FAMILY


Ok how many flakes of hay are you giving him? And I wouldn't use a scoop - I would get me a scale that you weight fish with, it has a hook - then measure your bucket....

Now on your EJ the reason it give you the weight on how much to give on the bag without roughage is b/c hay is already built into the ingredents.... under your feeding instructions... get you a weight tape and measure your horse.... get an approximate weight.... ok so say he weight anywhere between 800 to 900 lbs so under light breeds under moderate growth you would feed 14.5 to 15.25lbs.... split that in between 2 feeds 3 would even be better - so after you measure your bucket.... you pour some feed into your bucket and subtract the amoutn of your bucket from what your scale weights....

If it was me I would probably start him out around 7.5lbs in the morning and in the evening as a starting point see how he does - you can also continue the hay... if he's showing signs of gaining too much weight then back off give less - if he's not gaining weight add more -

RB is ration balancer - give the horse a all the vit/min they need without all the extra fillers that reg grains have....

This is what I feed: Purina Horse Feeds - NATURE'S ESSENTIALS

You don't have to feed as much... and you can add the beet pulp or rice bran or flax seed or BOSS to it for the extra calories....

Hope this helps....
     
    02-10-2012, 05:05 PM
  #28
Foal
But I also wanted to say that I don't think he looks that underweight at all - I was really worried about my yearling took pics like you're doing posted them and most of them said that he looks fine - I even had one person tell me that they would rather see a little rib then see fat on a yearling - they're doing a lot of growing and I finally just chilled out - I knew he wasn't starving and I knew he getting the best nutrition that I can give him (Enrich 32) and I was also adding BP to his feedings....
     
    02-10-2012, 06:41 PM
  #29
Weanling
He gets a flake of alfalfa/grass hay 3 times a day. And he is alone, so no other horses to take it from him
     
    02-10-2012, 10:41 PM
  #30
Green Broke
I've been told, and it makes sense to me, that most horse's back feet turn out. Something about their legs not hitting their rib cage when it motion.

It does seem like most horse's hinds turn out a bit. Humans like things straight, but the older I get the more I think we should not monkey around trying to "fix" conformation issues and realize that nature sometimes knows best. My vet seems to be a big believer in that as well.
     

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