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post #21 of 52 Old 05-20-2012, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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I feed my halter horses roughly 1 scoop of strategy gx and 1 scoop of oats 3 x a day plus 1 flake of alfalfa 3 x a day. As much grass hay as hell eat in front of him... Excersize wise I long trot 10 minutes a day. No loping burns too much fat. Then I back 5 minutes/ showmanship. An LOTS LOTS LOTS and did I say lOTS of brushing. I worm babies monthly and my grown horses every other month.

This is a pic of my boy 1 month into training. As you can see I also use a sweat. I let it sit on him for an hour after also.
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He looks lovely! I have been working on trotting on the lunge line/in the round pen. In the round pen he is free lunged, and in the outdoor sand arena he is on the lunge line. We are working up stamina right now, but most of the work is trotting, as was suggested. I also groom groom groom! A neck sweat was also suggested, and something that is on my list to purchase. His neck could use some trimming up. I will try to get pictures today during our workout to see if he's looking any better.
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post #22 of 52 Old 05-20-2012, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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So the first pic is from last Saturday, and the second one is from today. I'm not sure if there is any difference yet. We've upped his diet already, so hopefully he'll put some weight on. It's hard because he's growing taller right now, and not so much wide.
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post #23 of 52 Old 05-27-2012, 02:24 PM
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He's a cute little guy! One more thing to add....shorten his mane big time. It needs to be 3-4" long and banded for the shows.
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post #24 of 52 Old 05-27-2012, 03:21 PM
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I agree it really sets of their necks to have a short mane... He is cute! Carefull not to over excersize that's the hard part of haltering.
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Oh I suppose I will trim it! Haha I'm just so happy it's all the same length now. It was quite the mess until a couple months ago! It's raining cats and dogs today, so I can't get a pic... I'm sure he's muddy anyways.

He's becoming more fit when lunging now. I haven't been timing, but I will start. He isn't breaking into a sweat anymore.
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Oh I suppose I will trim it! Haha I'm just so happy it's all the same length now. It was quite the mess until a couple months ago! It's raining cats and dogs today, so I can't get a pic... I'm sure he's muddy anyways.

He's becoming more fit when lunging now. I haven't been timing, but I will start. He isn't breaking into a sweat anymore.
If you want to be competitive and put your horse's best "hoof" forward in halter, his mane needs to be this short and banded.



This is me and my horse, and he has an AQHA ROM in Open Halter, 3.5 points shy of an Amateur Halter ROM, and has a Superior in WP. The mane NEEDS to be neat, short and tidy.

For the fitting part, if he's not breaking a sweat anymore, he's getting TOO fit. To build muscle, work him every other day. Lots of long trotting every other day and come backing on the ground. Work him in a neck sweat and stall tie him for a bit with the sweat on AFTER you have worked him. On the other days, work on leading, trotting out in hand, setting up and standing.
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post #27 of 52 Old 09-24-2012, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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Well its been a long summer, and I would just like to post an update.

We are attending the final show of the season- the Thanksgiving Appaloosa show in October. I have entered him in an Open 2 and under Halter class, Geldings of 2010, and Most Colourful at Halter. I am showing him, and I am terrified!!

We haven't been to any other shows this summer because Walter hurt himself the day before a show. He was pawing in the tie stall and caught his front right lef in the chain and jumped in the manger. He's all healed with no problems now.

We have been working him every few days, and upped his feed intake. He is growing a lot right now, and was looking ribby a few weeks ago. He looks to be gaining muscle in his stiffle and forearms.

He is getting a haircut this weekend to shorten his wildman mane! Does his forelock need a small trim? It's prettyyy long haha.

I will try to add pictures from work, if not I will add some tonight.
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Pull don't cut or it will be to thick. Pulling it gives it the nice laying down look. Good luck and let us know how he does.
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Sorry that he hurt himself Good though you are still going to get him out there this year We'll be awaiting the pics
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Pull don't cut or it will be to thick. Pulling it gives it the nice laying down look. Good luck and let us know how he does.
Please please don't cut, pulling is the way to go
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