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post #11 of 13 Old 05-05-2013, 03:10 PM
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Originally Posted by smrobs View Post
Agree with Cherie, muscle mass is mostly genetic (though lack of good care/feed can cause a horse to remain smaller than they would have under ideal conditions), all that work will do is give you tone and definition.

For example, this mare looked like this when she came to me as an unhandled 3 year old. A little pudgy and soft.

And this was her nearing the end of her training. Many people would look at her and say "OMG, she's so skinny", but she wasn't skinny at all, she was just extremely fit at the time. She could easily lope 5+ miles without even breathing hard. She didn't get bigger, she just got stronger and fitter.

Here, you can really see the definition in her shoulder, she looks like a racehorse in that respect
So.... when can I send you my horses?...
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post #12 of 13 Old 05-05-2013, 08:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Cherie View Post
I agree. I only see a horse that is too fat. He is bordering on obese and his cresty neck is a HUGE warning that he is just looking for a place or a reason to founder.

I do not see any additional muscle and only see additional fat.
Sort of true. He is an easy keeper and was trying to find the perfect balance for his diet (he only gets hay and it was an issue getting the min. needed for gastrointestinal health without him blowing up... plus coughs with local hay. It's been a battle). Looks better now, but I still haven't got him down to perfect weight... I can finally see the last rib on a regular basis (his flank is defined), but still too hard to feel his ribs for my preferences.

Most of the crest is now gone, but he is also Andalusian, so will never look like a warmblood or thoroughbred. They often have a far more baroque build and don't usually have that 'lean machine' look.

But he DID gain muscle. Look at his hindquarters. Look at the loin. Look at the base of the neck. Those are not fatty areas and are clearly muscle.

This is a picture from yesterday, not a conformation shot by any means, but to show you I'm wasn't unaware of the previous issue. But hopefully shows you he's not as fat anymore.

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post #13 of 13 Old 05-05-2013, 08:40 PM
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Originally Posted by soenjer55 View Post
So.... when can I send you my horses?...
Whenever you want ...though I generally don't ride them down that hard. She was a difficult type and I had to keep her rode down to keep her ridable. Ride the pee out of her every day and she'd act like an old broke horse should...give her a day or 2 off and she'd regress like she'd never been rode (not terribly uncommon with horses bred like her).
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