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post #1 of 11 Old 08-08-2009, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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Second Weight Critique

My first weight critique was about... two months ago, give or take, and my girl was really thin... But she’s popped back up nicely. I meant to get the second critique out a month after the first one, but due to camera/camcorder problems (my camcorder got wet and is messed up badly and I only just got my camera fixed two days ago) I haven’t had any way to take or get pictures uploaded.

She still needs some weight, in my opinion, but I’m not sure how much. Not a lot, I don’t think... She definitely needs some muscle, though.

As far as feed goes, she’s getting:
1 lb. Soaked Alfalfa pellets
2 lbs. Soaked FRM Super 12 pellets
1 lb. Whole corn

Here’s a pic from the last weight post I made: (also ,part of the reason the pictures in the last weight critique post were so dull was because I was using a 5 megapixel camcorder... I'm back to using my 7.1 megapixel camera now that it's fixed...)


Here she is now:






How much more weight does she need? I’m planning on getting her shoed in about a week, and then we’ll start riding at least a few hours a day so she should bulk back up pretty fast.

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post #2 of 11 Old 08-08-2009, 02:18 PM
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she looks much better! Great job on getting her weight up.

I do have one question though... why is she tied to the tree like that? Seems pretty dangerous to me, especially having those chains on the end. Wouldn't it be simpler to get a ring and drill it to the the tree and tie her to that?

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Thanks.

As for why she's 'tied' like that... I can't tie her to anything steady because she sometimes breaks things if it doesn't give when she moves around... so I made the 'makeshift' crossties about two years ago and ever since I started clipping her onto them, I haven't had any problems with her pulling back or anything... apparently the 'crossties' give just enough that she doesn't panic. I can leave her clipped to them for hours and she's fine.

I did have the ties put up much better, but half of the tree fell down in a huge thunderstorm about six months ago and I had to redo them. I've been trying to find a better place to put them, as I'm not really happy with the way that they're set up right now (they're too far apart for my likings) but so far I haven't been able to find a good place.

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Yay! No more ribs :)

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Yep. I may be a bit paraniod, but how much weight does she still need?

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NIIIICEEE job!! She has a MOTHER whither LOL
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post #7 of 11 Old 08-08-2009, 04:47 PM
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I wouldn't dump whole corn to a TB... myself! LOL, they're hot enough as is!

Here's what I've been feeding Moose, my TB project. (I posted earlier in the riding/horse critique section: How's he looking now?)

I mix
40lbs of good mare/foal pellets
50lbs alfalfa pellets
50lbs of either 14% performance or 14% senior pellets
50lbs whole crimped oats

I have my TB on a 1 1/2 gallons (lg coffee cans) twice a day, and all the hay and grass he can eat. The hay I feed is high protein, either Teff/Teft grass, or Timothy/Alfalfa.

I supplement him with a weekly probiotic, daily with MSM, Glucosamine, GrowColt, Biotin, and Omegatin (omega 3 fatty acids).

The sugar in corn can cause anemia if fed to a malnourished horse, as an immunosuppresive. PM me if you'd like some more info!
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She looks a tonne better. I don't think she needs too much more weight, just maintained.

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post #9 of 11 Old 08-08-2009, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, she has a pretty high wither... but surprisingly, she's pretty darned comfortable to ride! Lol. Hen she (if she) spooks and 'skitters' sideways, her wither catches you and keeps you on, at least! Lol...

(and my girl is a Tennessee Walker... lol...)

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post #10 of 11 Old 08-08-2009, 07:15 PM
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Aww, she looks soooo much better! Well done!

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