just some peekchers from today
I brought both my horses up at the same time for once and decided to get some photos while I had them tied. I never have ridden photos because I never have anyone to photograph me... and Magic's not broke anyway.
So Monty's the bay [actually he's brown but don't get me started on that], he's a 17yo Anglo Arab and is 15.1 and a bit. He's been out of work, so he has NO topline whatsoever, and he decided to lose easily 50kg [110lb] in the space of a few days due to unseasonably cold weather, and in that time he lost a lot of muscle as well. He stresses the weight off when it's cold, I have never known another horse to go from just right to "oh jee better start feeding him more" in the space of 4 hours!
Magic is a 2yo Thoroughbred and currently stands somewhere around 16hh, maybe 16.1 - and is butt high at the moment. She's going to be a BIG girl, has a ton of growing still to do. I'm hoping she'll mature around 16.2, 16.3, but won't complain if she decides to quit growing the moment she levels out, and equally won't complain if she ends up even taller. Nearly 4 weeks ago she injured her nearside hind, lacerated the extensor tendon, but is healing amazingly and her stifle issue seems to have cleared up. Please excuse her ribbiness, I'm working on it. She's on a big round bale of very high quality oat hay 24/7 and a large grain ration, and is picking up. She lost weight after she injured herself.
These are "condition" photos designed to highlight lack of topline, rump hollows, ribbiness, poverty lines etc. Even so they make Magic look a bit better than she does in real life. And I hate it, but like I said I'm working on it. The boarders at work get less than 1/4 the amount of grain and aren't on hay 24/7 and all are in fantastic condition including a very hard keeper Thoroughbred - Magic is on some serious weight gain ration!
Also, how awesome is her false dorsal? I never realized she even had it until I took these photos! So so strong in the hind shot, not even there in the 'above' shot. She is a TB, and TB's don't have dun - she's a "boring" chestnut and I wouldn't have it any other way!
edit; also, apologies for the mess in my shed, I have been terribly disorganized and untidy - but I cleaned it after the photos were taken. The square bales you can see are alfalfa. They get half a flake a day each for protein and to encourage good coats.. it's too expensive to feed as the only hay, at least around here! They're on an oat hay round 24/7 in the pasture.
Last edited by blue eyed pony; 12-14-2012 at 10:29 AM.