I underatand over feeding and causing problems but I have never given any babies a growth formula so not sure whay that is given especially if a horse is large it does not need help growing?? Does it? If they grow too fast I know that can cause problems But a balanced diet and vitamins are essential for strong growth. I would not canter a draft on a lunge line until at least 3. They keep growing until 5-6 yrs of age.
He was put on a growth formula (at the advice of my vet in the first place) due to the fact that his dam, when I got her, was seriously malnourished, and likely malnourished throughout her pregnancy while carrying Finn. The vet also recommended I wean Finn early, due to lactation and an additional pregnancy causing a very slow recovery/rehabilitation on the part of my mare, so Finn was weaned and put on growth formula at 4 months of age. If you click through my barn, you will see skinniness is not normally the trend on my property, more often I am battling pudginess. I canter him minimally, as I mentioned, and he's rarely lunged overall more than 15 minutes on any given day.
Equiniphile and smrobs, I figured him for a dark bay, but my friend the other day commented she thought he'd be a liver chestnut. I didn't see it, but glad to have the opinions, thanks! His dam is a fading black tobiano, and his sire is a chestnut.
Romargrey - haha I was trying to get the clearest side views I could, but if I got enough behind his shoulder he figured he was supposed to move off, it was tricky just to get the shots I did, with no one to hold him for me *lol* I don't have great conformation pics of his sire, I''ll post what I've got at the bottom of this post. I'll post a picture of his dam too, but she just delivered a foal April 5th so is looking a little rough herself - she hasn't been rode in months either because she has on/off soundness issues, so lacks a lot of conditioning. I'll try to get some video of him on the lungeline this evening! Thanks for your opinion, taking notes on all these things. Thanks so much!
Alwaysbehind ~ Thanks, he has a great personality, he's a loverboy. He is 3/4 draft so bound to end up pretty drafty as he continues to mature, so this is what I am wanting to hear, what is going to be working against him. So thank you! He is already much heavier in the front then the hind end, but at a trot he does seem to move nicely off the rear. I'll try to get that video and upload it tonight.
NE, that's my experience with draft babies as well. If you look at pictures I posted of him just a month or so ago, he had a tubby tummy and was pretty roly poly, which is why the vet had me take him off anything but hay. I had figured him for a dark bay when he first started shedding out kind of coppery around his eyes at the tail end of winter. The white on him is actually I think more sabino from the shire side (his sire has the same white belly patch) than a pattern from the paint side. I think his dam is sabino as well, she practically looks like she's roaning out with all the stray white hair she has spreading across her this spring. Finn doesn't have stray whites in his coat at this point, but plenty in his tail. So things to watch for at this point are the steepness of his pasterns, shoulder and croup angles. Taking more notes! Thanks so much.
Here's pictures of sire and dam:
Sire is an 18 hand chestnut ASHA Shire "Wandamere Patches" aka Paddy (best picture I have of him, he lives about 1200 miles away):
Dam is a very sweet but mediocre mare, 1/2 Shire 1/2 Paint, shouldn't have been bred. Sorry she isn't sqare as could be in this picture, but it's the only decent side on picture I have of her without a huge preggo belly (and yes she's a little ribby too, just had a baby and all. She's getting fed up a lot right now and has been since I got her, when she was severely emaciated).