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        10-17-2013, 02:06 PM
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    Weanling
    First time owning, am I doing it right?

    I have ridden for years, and finally bought my favorite horse. He had very poor training and a Bad attitude, but that's beside the point. He is on 24/7 turnout, plenty of grass and he gets four flakes of hay a day. He is given 1 3/4 pound of Bartlett 13.5% feed twice a day, with a joint, coat and hoof supplement. He is shiny, healthy and happy. He is in medium to light work (retraining him to stop and listen, light jumping). He has no soundness issues, he is barefoot and the farrier loves his feet. The vet told me the only thing he couldn't do was major jumps because he is to short. He is in a lot better health now than when I bought him. He is regularly wormed, and is UTD on his shots and coggins. He is very playful and friendly, and generally seems happy. Is there anything that I seem to be doing wrong? He is a good weight, and rapidly building muscle. We estimate his age to be 16-18, the vet thinks he has another ten years of work in him as long as nothing goes wrong. He is making good progress, and shows no signs of pain. I always cold hose his legs after a workout, and he never runs out of energy. Is there anything else I should be doing? Are there any other "horse experts" that should be looking at him to keep him healthy? Any thoughts appreciated
         
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        10-17-2013, 02:21 PM
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    Started
    Sounds like you've got all the bases covered. Now enjoy your horse!
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        10-17-2013, 02:27 PM
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    Trained
    As long as you don't have any bony spine or quarters or shoulders, I wouldn't worry. The way that I determine how many# flakes of hay is if my horse leaves hay (and is otherwise alert and healthy) I cut back. If my horse is looking around for more I give him more, one flake/feeding at a time. Really, my 3 spend most of their time in turnout and either graze 1/2 a year and/or eat my the manger inside of their shelter, right adjacent to the barn. I'd rather they carry a little extra weight than a little bit less but that's bc I've owned several hard keepers and my current 3 are easy keepers.
         
        10-17-2013, 02:35 PM
      #4
    Yearling
    I know this horse is lucky to have you as an owner.

    You care, are diligent in your approach making your horses existence healthy, happy and safe.

    I agree... you have it covered...

    Now GO RIDE & ENJOY!!!
         
        10-17-2013, 02:44 PM
      #5
    Started
    And, no, there are no 'horse experts' who you need to consult with regarding care for your horse. There are lots of 'horse experts' who would like to take your money and tell you a thing or two that might or might not be true or useful, but the only ones IMO that are worth listening to are those who have/care/train horses who I have met and recognized as something I'd like to emulate. Most of those go about their horse owning/training life with no signs or gimmicks, just good horses, and will happily talk horse with you so long as they can tell you're honest and truly interested in horse care and/or training. If someone is trying to sell something or make money, be cautious as the scammers are a dime a dozen.
         
        10-17-2013, 02:57 PM
      #6
    Weanling
    Ok. Thanks guys! And I will say that I am incredibly paranoid about his health, and am VERY picky about who I let handle him. It's to the point that my barn mates tell me he looks fine as soon as I open my mouth, lol. And I know this is off subject, but can riding bareback cause him to develope a sway back? I love riding like that, and he as a good, strong back but I don't wanna mess him up. He is a lot better behaved bareback, as well. And his sadde fits well, so it's not like he is being pinched.
         
        10-17-2013, 03:42 PM
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    My only question is what is this, and why are feeding it?

    1 3/4 pound of Bartlett 13.5% feed twice a day
         
        10-17-2013, 03:47 PM
      #8
    Weanling
    Here is the nutrition info, it's a pelleted feed: http://www.bartlettmillingfeed.com/i...ite%200912.pdf

    I feed it because it is what he has been fed his whole life. His owners even fed it to him as a foal. I was considering switching h. To triple crown senior, but it very exspensive compared to this.
         
        10-17-2013, 03:48 PM
      #9
    Started
    I have also never heard of that feed. This is the one thing I still don't know much about but am always trying to learn more about because it makes such a difference in our horses.

    But riding bareback won't give your horse a swayback, from what I understand that can happen genetically or from them carrying too much weight as a youngster. I wouldn't worry about it at all!

    ETA: posted at the same time.. Going to look up that feed now. :) I had my guy on TC Senior for a while and really liked it but switched to Seminole Senior Wellness about a year ago and love it even more. It's a little on the pricey side but definitely worth it!
         
        10-17-2013, 03:49 PM
      #10
    Weanling
    And he weighs 850 lbs, and has a mineral block that he licks deter he eats.
         

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