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    12-07-2013, 08:49 PM
The mare looks the same too me. I'd be careful about giving them too much too soon in that condition. Are you working with a vet?
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    12-07-2013, 09:01 PM
I agree don't ride these horses in this condition and don't over feed you will do more harm then good. It may help the stud to be gelded when his health improves that way he won't expend energy trying to breed mares. You are going to need a lot of patience here. Just to give you a time frame on how long of a road you are in....

It took me about ten months to take this horse from this.

To this.

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    12-07-2013, 09:08 PM
This is exactly why I wanted to post because I thought for sure the stud and gelding we're good enough to take a walk through the woods. They really seemed to enjoy swinging their heads around walking and looking at something other then the next piece of grass they were about to demolish. I'll hold off for a little bit I guess. Got me paranoid about hurting them badly and not ever being able to ride. Guess it's back to starring at them in the pasture.
    12-07-2013, 09:09 PM
Also I forgot to mention you might have the older horses teeth checked. They may need floating. Give them love and lots of grooming they'll appreciate it I'm sure. That's what I did with the skinny horse I posted.
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    12-07-2013, 09:14 PM
A vet came out and floated the mares teeth and checked the boys. They were wormed and he told me to gradually work up the amount of food we're at now and no problems so far.
    12-07-2013, 09:18 PM
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I think the gelding is in good enough shape to go on hand-walks through the trails if you're interested in doing that. I hand walked my emaciated filly for months on the trails while she was recuperating and putting weight on. Its amazing how much you can team them in-hand on the trails and they love the change in pace!
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    12-07-2013, 10:24 PM
Agreed, the gelding is definitely good enough for hand walks but I'd be very hesitant to ride him for more than just a couple of minutes. For that reason (when I want to ride, I want to ride for a long time, not just a minute ), I'd avoid riding him. I wouldn't even touch the mare for more than bare necessities like having her feet done or de-worming her. Leave her with her face stuffed in a bale of hay.

I'd say the stallion could probably be okay for some very short walks but, because he's a stallion, I'd likely want to spend more time working with him near the barn to make darn sure that I had his respect and he was obedient on the lead. As others said, when he gets to feeling better, he might become a bit harder to handle as his stallion tendencies start to come out.
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    12-08-2013, 07:51 PM
Just a little walk through the trail today.
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    12-09-2013, 01:53 AM
No, by short walks, I meant hand walks not ridden walks, he's not in good enough condition to be ridden.

Also, just letting you know in case you hadn't noticed, that saddle doesn't fit at all. It's sitting way down on his withers and likely pinching his shoulders due to the bars being too flat and the gullet being too wide because he's seriously undermuscled and underweight.

Frankly, I think he's an absolute angel for not bucking you off because that was no doubt extremely uncomfortable for him...if not downright painful.

Please, don't ride him again until he's in much better shape...and make sure you know how to make sure a saddle fits before you use it.
    12-09-2013, 01:56 AM
Saddle fit is just another reason to wait

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