Originally Posted by churumbeque
watching him move would give more of an idea on dressage. If he under himself or strung out? Muscling can change a horse drastically. I would like to see him in better condition in the growing stage he is too thin for my taste and needs lots of nutrition while growing.
Thank you! I'll try to get some photos or a video of him on the lungeline - no small task since I'm the one who lunges him! Hahah. He will do both a nicely collected trot and a nicely extended trot on the lungeline, as well as a real nice canter (though I minimize how much he canters on the lunge right now because he's young yet). He really carries himself nicely for his age and seems to be driving well from his hind end.
As far as his condition, I took him off the growth formula at 8 months at my vets request because he was concerned about him carrying too much weight while he is growing. That being said, this week I have started working him back up on a mix of Safechoice and the growth formula with a little weightbuilder added in - now that spring is here he is being worked with almost every day. He has always had free choice hay, all he wants at any time, as well as full run of 6 acres of grass pasture 24/7 (though for three months over the winter he was stalled at night). None of the horses ever have to compete with each other for feeding :)