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post #21 of 55 Old 10-05-2010, 10:19 PM
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I could just be a hay belly. A mare I show gets one so bad she looks pregnant! Even when she's being worked fairly hard. He's young, he'll fill out :)

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post #22 of 55 Old 10-05-2010, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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I worked him for the first time ever in a round pen today. He's only 2.. but he's had very little training done with him. So I can't just lunge him a couple minutes a day and build his muscle up, he has NO idea what to do with a lunge line. He doesn't even understand the concept of trotting in hand; so every bit of work I put into him is his first try. LUCKILY, we have a round pen and although he's learning, the whip phases him very little..

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post #23 of 55 Old 10-05-2010, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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And hello forgot to add, nice to see another North Carolinian ;)
Keep in mind he had zero muscle tone and almost no weight, so it's got to go somewhere at first, it makes sense he's getting weight in the belly first. If you look at his previous pictures and compare them to the latest, his chest and neck is filling out as well.

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post #24 of 55 Old 10-06-2010, 08:09 AM
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He defently looks better. No arguing that. I would still be concerned with worms. He has not had a rotational worming and he has not been wormed for tape worms. If he had a bad case of worms the 2 doses of ivermectin most likely wouldnt kill them all. JMO.
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post #25 of 55 Old 10-06-2010, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
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tape worms is true, but daily dewormer would have definitely had an impact on any worms he may have had. Naturally he'll be getting dewormed again this month.. i've always my horses on a "rotational" / "scheduled" worming.

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post #26 of 55 Old 10-06-2010, 10:21 AM
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Still, it is quite incredible improvement for the short time that you have had him. He still looks immature too, as he gets older he'll fill out more in proportion. Can you believe that many TB's start racing at his age? It really bugs me that they start them so young. At least this guy is getting a chance to grow up first!

He looks like a real darling, what is his temperament like?

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post #27 of 55 Old 10-06-2010, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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Agreed, I can't imagine riding him right now, let alone racing him. His legs are still long and lanky, probably doesn't help that his chest is still narrow. But on top of all that his back and legs are still growing, I don't want to stunt his growth! Not to mention his mentality, how immature and young he clearly is. I have never owned a horse this young. I've worked with a few babies and even broke a couple standardbreds and one welsh. But i've never owned a horse with such little training. I honestly don't even think he's ever had a bath. He was bred out of two track thoroughbreds, but he was never personally trained to do so. He's very relaxed and sweet. You can tell he doesn't fully trust people, but he wants to. He comes running up everytime we go to see him and as long as he has grain or is haltered, he'll let us do pretty much anything. He doesn't understand why I want him to pick up his hooves and he fights me for it back. He's not in any way mean or rude, he's just unaware. I go out and see him twice a day and each time it's clear he's opening up more to us. I need to work on a few things, so i've been writing a goal list and what I plan on working with first. Any ideas on these?

-he absolutely does not crosstie, tips on teaching him?
-doesn't understand picking up his hooves, he picks it up almost right away but then gets extrememly uncomfortable and appears unbalanced and starts walking away. (i have a few ideas, but I want to try and do everything 100% right the first time as he's still young and learning. We're in no rush)
-teaching him to trot. He doesn't hant trot, doesn't lunge. I used a whip (very lightly, or no touching at all) and he occasionally got to trotting in the round pen, but it was a serious struggle. He just walks and walks and walks.

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post #28 of 55 Old 10-09-2010, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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His lunging progress :) second time ever in a round pen or lunging. First time he couldn't even figure out how to trot, now he's walk, trot, cantering collectively (almost). What do you guys think of him so far?
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post #29 of 55 Old 10-09-2010, 08:19 PM
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He is looking very nice. Great job with him. If you still haven't figure it out, the wolf teeth would be on the top jaw, right in front of his first molars in the bars of his mouth. You can stick your hand in his mouth (provided he lets you lol), and can generally feel them. My mare at 5 still had hers, and they were huge, and very easy to see on her, but I had to have the vet show me, because I've never owned a horse that hasn't already had them pulled, or the horses were too young to have gotten them yet. Once he showed me it was pretty obvious though.
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post #30 of 55 Old 10-09-2010, 08:20 PM
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Looks great. Slow and steady wins the race with those cases. GREAT job!

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