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post #1 of 95 Old 03-05-2008, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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Critique Chief.

This is Chief. 17 year old, chestnut, Quarter Horse. Feel free to say anything. He is lacking muscle because I can't work him nearly as hard as he should be worked because of the horrific weather. He is slightly ribby because he needs muscle. He is also dirty because he just came in from the pasture. He is used for barrel racing.

Sorry there is so many pictures.

Also, if it looks as though he is favoring his front legs, it's because he doesn't have shoes on and he doesn't like standing on gravel and he had his legs turned in because he just changed positions.

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post #2 of 95 Old 03-05-2008, 08:03 PM
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He looks a little thin to me, as well and needing muscle. His neck looks a little long, but that may be the angle, since none of these are really good pictures to evaluate.

He looks like he has nice size and bone though! His ears are so cute in the second pic!
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Yes, I'm fully aware he needs muscle, that's why I said he needed it. When he gets muscle he gains weight. His neck is long because he has thoroughbred back in his bloodlines.

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post #4 of 95 Old 03-05-2008, 10:11 PM
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CHEIFYYYY. Poor him standing all underhimself because of his poor knees =[
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post #5 of 95 Old 03-06-2008, 02:35 AM
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If he has been yours for a while I would really consider talking to someone to help you get him in better shape. He is underweight, way to under muscled even for a horse out to pasture and he looks unhealthy.
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Yes! He is very, very skinny!! With the thoroughbred in him, he'll probably need pretty big increases in feed to make it through the winters without getting all ribby like that.

When winter first hit here, my TB/Paint cross started dropping weight fast! Partly because I stopped working him daily, and also he just needed more food since he was burning more calories to keep himself warm (and the lack of grass in his pasture)! I upped my horse's hay by 400% and his grain by 800%. I also added sweet feed which gave him some sugar boost.

With your boy being in his late teens and in such cold climate, I'd really give him more to munch on!

He does have a cute look to him and seems very alert. It also looks like he enjoys your company as he seems to lean in to you as you're taking the photos!
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post #7 of 95 Old 03-06-2008, 08:24 AM
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Alright first off Cheif is a very old horse. He gets fed a joint supplement and senior feed. He gets plenty of hay. Its just in the winter he doesn't look too good. He is an elderly horse and its understandable. He is very well taken-care of. Harlee realizes that he is skinny, she realizes that he needs muscle, but this happens to him every winter.

Harlee scan some pictures from fair and put them up.
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post #8 of 95 Old 03-06-2008, 10:18 AM
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I'm sorry, but 17 is not very old horse (I wouldn't even call it "old" really). There are plenty of horses around in their 20th (including tbs) who look nice and fat even in winter time and got ridden quite enough as well. He does look skinny to me though.
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I agree that 17 is not old. Have you had his teeth checked? Perhaps a change in feed is in order. Here's my 19 year old QH gelding. He also has TB in his pedigree (Three Bars).

I have a heck of a time keeping weight off him!

Every horse is different in terms of how easily they gain weight. I owned a horse that I simply could not put weight on, so I do understand that it can be difficult. If I were you, though, I would definitely get him checked out and possibly look into changing what you feed and how often you feed.
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post #10 of 95 Old 03-06-2008, 12:45 PM
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I'd perhaps look into a different feeding program for him. My Quarter Horse will be 30 in April and she is very round. She has always been a hard keeper, but we found a feeding program that works great for her.

She gets Triple Crown Senior, Rice Bran (textured) and alfalpha cubes. We soak it all in a lot of warm water until everything looks like oatmeal. It works great and keeps her fat through the winter. She has next to no teeth left so hay does very little for her since she cannot chew it to digest it properly.

Other than his weight, he looks like a really sweet horse. :)

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