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post #1 of 11 Old 08-23-2009, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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Carolina, then and now let me know what you think!!

I got Carolina (Dutch Warmblood/Thoroughbred cross) in May. Rain rot, nasty feet, underweight. I haven't her much, mostly due to wanting her to gain weight first and then health problems on my part.

She's competed in level 4 dressage & showjumping, and level 2 hunters. Apparently she's trained in equitation but I don't know anything about that.

I'll get some better conformation shots at some point. But let me know what you think?

This is in May when I got her:


And today, after grooming, though she needs a bath:

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post #2 of 11 Old 08-23-2009, 05:45 PM
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wow, what a difference. She looks great.


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post #3 of 11 Old 08-23-2009, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you :) do you think she has put on enough weight?

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post #4 of 11 Old 08-23-2009, 05:54 PM
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She looks much better!

She could still use a little more weight, but she looks much better than she used to!

Great job with her!

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Thanks! Do you think with more exercise that she'll gain weight? Well obviously she'll muscle out so that ought to help too I'm sure.

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She has a lack of muscle but as you said with exercise she will gain more. More muscle will help her fill out and look bigger. As far as weight gain, she looks good to me, not too big or too small, I'd give her time to muscle out more before you try to beef her up. Keep up the good work.

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I can't wait to get to Indiana. The stables she's going to has an indoor arena, outdoor arena, roundpen and instructors on site. All less than five minutes from the new house. So, hopefully there'll be improvement for both of us.

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Thanks! Do you think with more exercise that she'll gain weight? Well obviously she'll muscle out so that ought to help too I'm sure.
I would just keep working her as you normally are, and she will gain muscle. However, if you want a horse to build muscle, obviously it has to come from somewhere. That is why when you start to work a horse more, or harder, you typically up their hay (forage = protein) or their feed. I like to just up their protein intake, in the form of hay or pasture (grass).

I think she could use maybe just a little more weight, not a whole lot, and a lot of muscling now.

The more you exercise her, the more she'll gain muscle. But you also have to make sure she's getting enough groceries to produce those muscles and isn't going to lose weight from the exercise. Keep the weight up, to build muscle. :)

Hope that makes sense.

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Makes tonnes of sense!

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post #10 of 11 Old 08-23-2009, 06:38 PM
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Can I ask what your feeding her? Or rather how much?
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