My gelding is 9 years old...half Thoroughbred, half Paint. My BO frequently comments on how fat (summer) or skinny (winter) he is and she adjusts his feed amounts constantly. I don't really notice it except last winter when he first got REALLY skinny. I think he's just out of shape sometimes (okay, a lot). Here's some chronological photos over the past year.
When did he look his best? Why?
When did he look his worst? Why?
What do you recommend I do to keep him at his best...or improve him?
July 07 (At previous owners home...I just bought him, pasture ornament for past 5 years):
January 08 (At my barn, maybe 2x per week exercise):
June 08 (Exercising 5x per week):
September 08 (Focus on groundwork, maybe riding 1x per week):
My goal is to really focus on his training starting in Late January 09 (I work retail and I have no time between now and the holidays!) I want to get a plan together so that we can be our best and hopefully really get into showing next season! I may even move barns/trainers. If you think he was at his best in the first photo, please say so and it may encourage me to move! Does he look that chubby to you guys in the last photo? It's very recent and everyone says he's fat...I just see beauty!