Oki last time I asked for a critique on rocky the thing people mentioned was his weight, most the pictures were pretty much after winter so he had lost a little bit of weight. So now its summer and the grass is growing and I have a recent picture of him
He still looks a bit underweight to me but he's getting there. I am seeing some indentations of muscle development starting to come out that also wasn't in his earlier pictures, very nice :) And I think his mane looks cute...better than the before pics. He has the same mane as Cinny :) That sort of short, not sure what it wants to do, some lays flat while the rest flies like a troll doll's hair sort of thing ha ha.
I'm clearly sort of ignorant but that horse does not look too skinny to me in the recent pictures. He looks out of shape and needs to build muscle and become more shapely but I wouldn't take the opinion that he's "skinny" or needs to "gain weight" in a sense that he needs to get more fat on his bones.
I can see that he could use weight of any kind in the first pictures but in the "recent" ones at the bottom he looks like he's a healthy weight, just under muscled? I'm totally keen on the idea that I'm just wrong but I can't see any part of him that needs more generic fat/mass, just more muscle tone.
You can't see any ribs or excessive pointy bits, his tummy is nice and round, his back and whithers and shoulder/chest area isn't as pointy and scrawny looking as they were... or at all?... I dunno I really can't see it! I'm going to maybe assume this is a specific breed of horse that is meant to look different than what I am thinking?
I agree, he is looking much better than he was the last time she posted about him...and I think we need to encourage her on a job well done because she is definitely headed in the right direction with this horse. She knew that Rocky was underweight and needed muscle and she has clearly been doing something about it. He IS adding weight and he IS adding muscle compared with her previous post...which she included the pictures of in our before pictures here.
I say keep up the good work, and there is definitely a difference in him!!
Current weight looks good in my eyes, his neck/back will muscle up with work as topline is built. Is he a certain breed that people like to see heavier than he is at the moment? If he was my horse I wouldn't be looking to put much more weight on him although I like mine to be fit and toned, not podgy. All a matter of personal preferance.
Also, are his sloping hindquarters a hallmark of his breed? Just curious. My guess would be Tennessee Walker although I am inexperienced with them in general, he reminds me of ones that I have seen.
I believe in the previous post that the OP says he's a 5 year old Appy TB X. By his head he appears to me to be the big stocky type of appy that he was crossed with and they ARE usually a bit heavier when healthy. Also, when they are underweight it sort of makes their heads disproportionate to their body. But this has only been MY experience.