For instance, from looking at his pic I'm going to guesstimate his weight at about 800-850 lbs. But from his build I'd think 1000 to 1100 might be a better weight and you are riding him already which is burning calories.[/QUOTE]
Impressive Dream Catcher!
Had the vet out this morning looking at him and he put his weight right around 900 today and we set a goal of getting him to around 1100. It was suggested he might look even better at 1200 lbs but we're going to get him to 1100 and see.
And I am indeed riding him, but I have cut his work load. We do not canter while riding, and we keep all trot/hill/muscle up work to a minimum. Mostly just fun, relaxing walks which he seems to enjoy
I want him to put on another 100 lbs before I start working him out again. I've felt as if I was fighting a battle between the calories and fat he needs to intake and the ones he was burning in order to muscle up, so I've put weight gain as a top priority now and muscle building on the back burner.
Talked to his previous owner some the other day. She found out I was feeding Strategy and claimed she had tried that but it made him feel too good (what?!?! That's a bad thing??). She said he wasnt necessarily hot with it, but he had to much pep for her young daughter to ride and she didnt want that (
shock: ) I have not experienced him acting "hot" as of yet and this will be his 4th week on it. He has more energy and is obviously feeling great, but he is nothing I can't handle. If Strategy were to effect him in that way would it have already done so?
Also just wanna give a shoutout of thanks to every one on this Forum for being so helpful! It's good to have a lot of opinions and views when you're a little unsure or doubting your decisions. I appreciate it every one!