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post #1 of 18 Old 01-17-2009, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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Weight critique

Blaze's teeth have been floated, and he's no longer spilling food out of his mouth. He is on 2 lbs. of Purina Enrich 32, 2 lbs of rice bran and 2 cups of soaked alfalfa meal. He also gets free fed hay in round bales w/the other geldings.

How does he look, weight wise? He looks great to me, no more visible ribbies whatsoever. What would you give him in terms of a body score? I'm somewhat worried about going too far in the other direction and having him get chubby, but it's only a small concern because there's still so much winter to go. He's only being ridden a couple of times a week (though I'm out there daily) due to light, weather and winter in all its glory.

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A little off topic, but here's what I got to come out to find today in his hooves-




The hay and ice/snow were so packed into one hoof that it took me 10 minutes to chip and pick out. Is there any to keep this from happening?

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post #2 of 18 Old 01-17-2009, 06:58 PM
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fatty fatty 2x4 couldn't fit through the barns stall door.

kidding. ;)

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I think he's looking great! I wouldn't worry about fattening him up any more though...then he'll start to look like Sandie! j/k

oh and someone told me to put crisco on the bottoms of their feet to keep the ice from getting packed in there...haven't tried it myself, so not sure whether it would be dangerous at all to do that, but it certainly sounds like it would work to either stop the ice balls or make them much easier to pick out of there.

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I think he looks great!! Just needs some muscle (which will come when you can ride more).
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Aw, he's so fluffy! :P He looks pretty good weight-wise to me; although like the others said, he could use some muscles. Keep it up!

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I think he looks absolutely perfect weight wise. If you go any further, he could just get fatter and fatter a LOT quicker :)

As for keeping the feet clean...I spray pam on my horse's feet everyday (usually in the morning) and it keeps the ice, snow, hay etc... out really well!
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I think he looks absolutely perfect weight wise. If you go any further, he could just get fatter and fatter a LOT quicker :)

As for keeping the feet clean...I spray pam on my horse's feet everyday (usually in the morning) and it keeps the ice, snow, hay etc... out really well!
Thanks! Would you keep his feed the same (as I definitely wasn't planning on adding to it) or reduce it now that he's gotten to a healthy weight?

Great suggestion on the pam!

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i think he looks good.

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I think his weight looks fine. He just needs more muscle, but that will come with exercise (I know riding is hard in the winter).

By the way, is Blaze a thoroughbred?

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I think his weight looks fine. He just needs more muscle, but that will come with exercise (I know riding is hard in the winter).

By the way, is Blaze a thoroughbred?
Yea, the riding conditions haven't been good at all lately, I don't have an indoor, and now something seems to have come up with his hooves.

I have NO clue-he totally could have TB in him. His owners bought him from a trail riding facility, so his lineage is anyone's guess. Do you see any TB features?

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