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post #1 of 8 Old 08-09-2010, 11:38 PM Thread Starter
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Jaxxon; Before and After


I’ve owned Jaxxon for roughly two months and six days now... and he’s gained a -lot- of weight and is looking a -lot- better! I took some before and after pics to show you all. He still needs a little weight, but I think he’s looking absolutely great compared to how he was when I first got him!

So, here’s a comparison... sorry if this thread is in the wrong section, I wasn’t that sure where exactly it should have gone, lol!

When I got him, June 3rd...




Now, August 8th...





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Omg, in the 2nd after pic he looks so fat! You have done a great job bringing him back up to a healthy weight. Once he gets some muscling back, he will look gorgeous!!!

Slightly off topic:

It irritates me that the public school system is failing at educating people about how a horse is SUPPOSED to look. What, are they putting living horse skeletons in the baby books? I don't care if they feed the thing waffles and potato chips, just let the general public know that a horse is not meant to look like that (Actually I do care, just trying to make a point). AND they should know when a horse looks like that that SOMETHING IS WRONG with the animal.

Sorry Britt about me ranting on your thread.

Ok, my rant is done.
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Lol, don't worry about ranting, I don't mind.

His previous owners are good friends of mine, but they had like, six horses on four acres or mainly gravel and rock and briars... hardly no grass. They have to feed hay year-round (luckily, they're downsizing their herd... they're selling all their horses except for the first mare and gelding they got, and after the mare foals next year, they're having her put down because she's got cancer and is going blind).

Anyway, they kept Jaxxon in a 50/x/50 foot round pen the entire time they had him because their other horses bullied him so badly and he was constantly coming it with new injuries. They'd been trying to sell him since about December, but didn't have any takers so they gave him to me because they knew that I absolutely adored him (I gotta admit, he's the first sorrel horse I've ever really liked and he's the second Quarterhorse I've ever really liked, too... lol!).

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Excellent job! There is nothing better than watching the every day improvements a little proper feeding can make :)
I will second the "rant" by saying, Has anyone else noticed the SKINNY 4-H horses and horses showing at the fair? Isn't the point of 4-H to teach proper horsemanship, I would assume feeding should be included in that. I am seeing 50% or more of the horses these kids are showing are too thin and its quite sad.
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I've seen horses on both ends of the spectrum in 4-H...either way too heavy or too thin...Can't say that I like either end of that spectrum!

Anyway, he is looking better, for sure...in some of the recent pics his belly almost looks potbellied; could be either from stuffing himself full of grass/hay, or he may still have a worm load...would be worth getting a fecal at this point, just to see where you are at.

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Just a note...
You may want to remove that tin in your pasture that I see in the last picture. It probably has sharp edges, and if you keep it there you are begging for a cut leg! :P

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Yeah, there's lots of junk in the pasture. I'm the only person in our family who cares, and I am slowly but surely cleaning it out as much as I can! After I took these pics, I removed the tin... there's more that my family has tossed in the pasture that I need to remove, too...

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I understand. Before I boarded I had to deal with my familys' antics.
Good job :)

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