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post #21 of 30 Old 04-09-2013, 05:35 PM
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His topline is horrible. If you don't ride him, at least work him on the ground...
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post #22 of 30 Old 04-19-2013, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
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Mister has been on feed and Weight Builder since 1 April and he is doing so much better. I also work him lightly on the ground since he's still too thin to ride. I'll get some pictures when it stop raining
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post #23 of 30 Old 04-20-2013, 03:17 PM
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lt just want to say I feel your pain! My last mare was always skinny, not just during the winter. I tried everything I could afford, the vet ran every test they could think of. Nothing except a mild case of Cushings that medicine did not seem to help. She actually looked ten times better when I was working her regularly because of the muscling. I discovered people at the barn would feed her food and supplements without my permission, thinking that I wasn't already adjusting her diet. Her field was next to a fairly busy road and I was always worried someone would call animal control. Anyway..hang in there, start supplementing early next year, and I think he will he fine :) glad to know he's doing better!
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post #24 of 30 Old 04-21-2013, 09:09 PM
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Mister has been on feed and Weight Builder since 1 April and he is doing so much better. I also work him lightly on the ground since he's still too thin to ride. I'll get some pictures when it stop raining
Trust me I know what that's like. This was Sky after working with him for.. sheesh a few months at best?

Sky over the span of 2 months.. (picture heavy!)

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post #25 of 30 Old 04-21-2013, 09:41 PM
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Don't feel too bad- just chalk it up as a 'lesson learned' and start him on a concentrate or senior feed when it starts getting cool next year, before he starts loosing. It has taken me two years to get my eight year old to the point where he would fairly be considered porky, so having a little trouble with an older horse is pretty common on the horse-owner-learning-curve and nothing to beat yourself up about. Good nutrition, a little extra, and some work are all he needs, and it sounds like they're already making a difference for you!
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post #26 of 30 Old 04-21-2013, 09:51 PM
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if you have food constantly in front of him, authorites don't care, they can see you feeding him, with hay infront of him constantly,

Maybe rug him of a night so he doesnt burn up energy keeping warm,

Do you work him? He looks as if he could do with muscle tone,
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post #27 of 30 Old 04-21-2013, 09:52 PM
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I actually don't think he's skinny, with more muscle tone he should start looking good
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post #28 of 30 Old 04-22-2013, 03:10 AM
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Sky looks much better ! Good job !
Robyn.. good food and good care and Mister should turn around and in a few months you should really see the difference, It seems like it takes forever to gain a pound ! Don't get discouraged.
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post #29 of 30 Old 04-22-2013, 04:44 AM
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Our old geezer, who is 41 looks like that too. I'll be riding him bareback this spring. Right now it is really warm out, and he is still a wooly mammoth. Of course, I'm also only going to be doing like 30 min of walk trot. Hoping that a horse without the fat rolls will help me stay centered while trotting bareback.
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post #30 of 30 Old 04-22-2013, 05:20 PM
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Sky looks much better ! Good job !
Robyn.. good food and good care and Mister should turn around and in a few months you should really see the difference, It seems like it takes forever to gain a pound ! Don't get discouraged.
Thanks, but I posted that to prove a point. Any exercise not just "light ground work" will help build muscle tone.

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