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        10-12-2013, 01:05 AM
      #21
    Foal
    Nick looks great! He's such a cute horse. Do you ride western or english?

    If you look at the first photo then the latest one, there is a major difference. Good job!

    And yes, blanket him in winter. Which blanket you use depends on how cold it gets there, but for sure do use a blanket. He needs to conserve his energy to gain weight hehe
         
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        10-12-2013, 07:51 AM
      #22
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by farahmay    
    Nick looks great! He's such a cute horse. Do you ride western or english?

    If you look at the first photo then the latest one, there is a major difference. Good job!

    And yes, blanket him in winter. Which blanket you use depends on how cold it gets there, but for sure do use a blanket. He needs to conserve his energy to gain weight hehe
    I ride western. He's supposedly trained western pleasure but I haven't tried to figure that all out yet - waiting for Spring so he can hopefully be healthier.

    It gets pretty cold by me. I live in Michigan about 20 min from Lake Michigan so in addition to being cold we get a lot of lake effect snow. We don't blanket our other horses but we do have two blankets we used to use on my old horse (27 y.o Arab). There's a thin one and a very thick one. We'll see how cold it gets this winter. Last year it didn't get so bad. It hardly snowed and was just sweatshirt weather all season.

    Thanks :) I'm glad you can see a difference. His thrush is getting better too. Yesterday he even got it in his head that it would be a good idea to chase our lead mare all over the pasture bucking and just having a good ol' time :p She was not impressed haha.
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        10-14-2013, 07:19 PM
      #23
    Yearling










    Just some more pictures from all angles that show him. I personally think he looks pretty great for how long it's been, but I'm not sure if he looks anywhere near a healthy weight. What are your thoughts?
         
        10-14-2013, 07:33 PM
      #24
    Yearling






    http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/...psa25ca8c7.jpg

    Hope these ones work.
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        10-14-2013, 07:52 PM
      #25
    Banned
    He look better then he did in first pictures....still needs more weight though. It takes time to get them back up to a good weight.
         
        10-14-2013, 10:36 PM
      #26
    Showing
    What a sweetie! Will look super awesome when he gets more weight on him
         
        10-23-2013, 12:34 AM
      #27
    Yearling
    No new pics today. Just a question if anyone still reads this...

    Should we blanket him or not this winter? It's supposed to start snowing in a few days and we're debating the need to blanket him.

    We don't blanket our other two - just let them grow out their winter coats.

    All three horses have their winter coats coming in right now. Nick is quite fuzzy. Since he has his coat coming in, do you think we should put a blanket on him?

    The factors we're considering are:

    He has his coat coming in so obviously he can grow one.
    We never blanket our horses.
    Once he's healthy (next winter) we won't be blanketing him
    He's still underweight.
    He will be stalled at night

    Blanketing him this winter wouldn't affect his ability to grow a coat out next winter, right? (Stupid question, I know).

    Even though he grows a coat out, should we still cover him?

    What thickness of blanket should we use if we do cover him? We have two blankets right now. A thick one (4 in) and a light one (< 1 in).

    Thoughts?
         
        10-23-2013, 12:49 AM
      #28
    Weanling
    I'd wait for more experienced answers, but my initial feeling is that if he has a winter coat, as long has he has constant access to hay he should be all right. Horses produce more body heat when they are grazing, so just make sure that he has hay available.

    The important thing (if you choose to blanket) is to make sure that he doesn't sweat underneath, since a wet horse is never a warm horse!

    [edit] Just re-read that he is going to be stalled! In that case I wouldn't worry about him. If in doubt, try the light sheet.
         
        10-23-2013, 01:06 AM
      #29
    Weanling
    Wouldnt it be best to rug in stalls?..since he can't walk around and graze

    He would be standing still and grazing on hay
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        10-23-2013, 01:19 AM
      #30
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by TBforever    
    wouldnt it be best to rug in stalls?..since he can't walk around and graze

    He would be standing still and grazing on hay
    Rug in stalls? I haven't heard that term?
         

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