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    12-09-2013, 11:51 PM
OP, I get it, you feel like people are ragging on you and that puts your hackles up and makes you feel the need to defend yourself.

You have to understand though, when we see something wrong, we have to mention it because we are all horse lovers and we have the best interest of the horse in mind...always. Some of us are more blunt than others and can sometimes come across as rude, especially if we're telling someone something that they don't want to hear but that doesn't mean that we're purposefully trying to degrade you.

He's too thin to be ridden and that saddle doesn't fit even a little bit. It probably wouldn't fit him in ideal condition because he's likely to the type to be leaner and taller where your saddle appears to be sized for a bulldog type horse, broad and heavy and round.

Horses are very stoic creatures. They evolved to not show pain because showing pain or weakness means that you end up dinner. You have to learn to spot the more subtle signs of discomfort/ the widened eyes, the drawn nostrils, the clamped lips; all of which are present in that picture of him under saddle.

I also wanted to mention that, regardless of how long you've been around horses, there is always more to learn. You're still very young and you have a lot to learn. There are some exceptionally knowledgeable members here that you would do well to humble yourself a bit and learn from them.

I'm sure your horses would appreciate it too.
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    12-10-2013, 09:44 AM
Thank you so much for pointing out the saddle. I am another one that's smaller he could use. Going to give them a break because honestly you guys have me feeling like I'm hurting the horses worse then when they were out in a half acre dirt pit wit nails sticking out of all the fence.
    12-10-2013, 10:01 AM
Almost 4 weeks Doesn't look miserable and mentally shut down to me. Maybe I'm just wrong though.
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    12-10-2013, 05:05 PM
As far the weight gain goes your doing a great job as far as I can see but he is unrideable because he is still emaciated. He is going to be unrideable for several months. And I'm sorry if my bluntness upset you I'm a blunt straight to the point kind of girl especially when serious permanent damage can be caused. I know it's hard not to ride. My barrel horse was injured by a farrier and couldn't be ridden for an entire year. Sometimes you just gotta wait for them to heal.
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    12-10-2013, 06:54 PM
No, he's not shut down, but there was definite discomfort in the picture of him under saddle.

Give him a couple months at the very least of doing nothing more than stuffing his face and then re-evaluate where his weight and condition is at.

Waiting for a few months now might give you an extra few years of riding down the road.
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    12-10-2013, 07:19 PM
They are improving weight-wise, and the gelding has a really cute face! I know it's hard to not ride, I've got a very arthritic gelding I've come to realize I can't do much with anymore. Just give them a little more time, you'll have a happier, healthier horse in the end. :) I'd definitely take the opportunity to do groundwork with them, working on manners and such. Take them on short hand-walks around the property. That way their manners and respect for you are set before you begin riding them. Good luck with them!
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