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    02-15-2012, 07:11 PM
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Trained
If you mean this thead: Looking at purchasing this Registered Appendix filly
There is very little to see of her leg muscles in the upper legs due to her thick coat. To me, I just see a gangly yearling. Living on full turnout with a good diet is sufficient do develop healthy muscle mass on a young horse. You do not need to be doing any muscle building work in hand unless she is to be shown in hand.
I think you're making it more complicated than it is. Feed her right, turn her out, and she'll be a happy, healthy young horse.
     
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    02-15-2012, 07:28 PM
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Weanling
See, that's what I saw as well and I'm glad others agree. I was told by local trainers as well as people on here she looks deformed. I'm glad my insticts were correct
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    02-15-2012, 07:43 PM
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Deformed would be a huge over kill. She looks like a gangly yearling. Don't panic about it.
Wait until she has a summer coat, then reassess. Between around 3 months, and 3 years, they look ridiculously gangly and you feel ashamed to have them in public! So unless she has critically crooked legs, dropped pasterns, severly wasted muscles etc.... don't worry about it ;)
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    02-15-2012, 07:47 PM
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Weanling
Thank you so much haha. Its nice to hear I wasn't completely off. I see a lot of potential in her personally!
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