Sky After Move
Hey it's me again asking for critique on Sky. He's still on the way to gaining. I have started turning him out with a sheet when it gets nippy out and that seems to be helping. It's been a month since the move and he did lose a ton of weight trailer over. He's in very light work as I can only ride him 3 times a week at the moment. Barefoot, on what I believe is flat ground. Will get frontal and back shots next time I go to the barn.
Can you not turn him out 24/7? A horse moving has better circulation than on standing in a stall. This is just overall a lot healthier for the horse. A horse's digestion relies on the walking. I set small piles of hay all over the place to keep the horses moving. They pick a separate pile, eat a little and check out the next piles.
Oh he is out most of the time, only comes in when it's brutal outside or when it's time to eat. Usually he has access to pasture but they've closed off the fields early for the winter.
So to clarify, he's only stalled during breakfast and dinner time or if it's really bad out. Otherwise he's out with 6 other geldings.
cute horse! try giving him a high calorie diet. also there is this really cheap supplement that we buy called biotin. most good feeds have it in there but we just mix it in there anyway. i suggest you get some it is really inexpensive. it helps with coat and hoofs a ton. I rescued my last mare and she had about five inch cracks on her hooves and a really dul coat. now she has gained 200 pounds and has no more cracks! also for barefoot horses i use venice turpintine. it is really messy but works miricles. i use sole pack oil after the hoof is stronger alternationg between it and a really good conditioner. hope you liked my rant. just though i'd help.:lol: he needs all the care he can get if he is barefoot!:D
Thanks waffles! :)
no problemo! give sky a pat on the nose from me!
I just saw this thread, so don't know Sky's history, but he looks like such a sweet boy! He must feel pretty special to have you for his owner! :)
Thanks Northernstar :) And yes waffles, I definitely will!
I'll post a video of his movement tomorrow and get some more pictures.
were you wanting a confirmation critique? or his overall condition?
the biggest thing i can see with his confirmation is his hindquarters look quite short and a little weak. this will improve a lot with weight though, not entirely sure what it is or if its just the way he is standing but his back legs around the cannon bone aren't very straight at all, this could also mean weakness in the back end.
In the front end i see that he is a little over at the knee and his neck is muscled incorrectly perhaps from holding his head up when ridden. try working him in a long and low frame to correct this. working him long and low and getting his back rounded when ridden will also help to build up topline and muscle over his back and hindquarters.
he does have lovely short cannons which are very good for speed.
He is such a cute horse though and i wish you all the best with him.. what sort of riding do you do?
I ride him in a dressage saddle at the moment and yes he used to be ridden previously with hollowed back and head up in the air. It's hard for him to relax as a general rule when it comes to being crosstied or groomed, or saddled.. so I always take my time and make sure he feels safe.
We've made a lot of progress :) and I am still learning too, so whatever advice I can get, I am very grateful for!
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