What types of excersises are good for fitting a wo year old for halter? We don't have any hills.. only the ditches haha. Backing? Poles? Lunging?
Also, how much feed should he be getting? He has hay, but I also feed him grain when I see him. He gets a small coffee can of oats, one of complete feed from MasterFeeds, and a scoop of Equine Power 2000.
Thank you for any input- there is a show in a month that we are aiming to go to. The show this last weekend was just for experience.
Lunging would be next best.
Yes...back them up.
I kept a jowl strap on them all of the time when I was not working them.
Most horses need their necks sweat, leave the sweat on at least an hour after you are done.
I fed mine sweet feed and just a little hay.
Keep them out of the sun as much as you can.
Groom them as much as you can.
Deworm them often.
BTW...this is 24/7.
Thanks! I can free lunge in the round pen, that's not a problem.
What does a jowl strap do for them? I don't have a neck sweat, but I could probably pick one up. Does his neck look okay? I will load a picture.
The first pic is from the show this weekend, and the other is from the beginning of April.
My aunt also suggested sweet feed, so I will get some tomorrow hopefully.
Unfortunately he lives outside 24/7, but I do groom him everyday.
Thanks again for your input!
Yes...he would look better if you toned his neck.
The jowl strap tones and helps keep his throat latch area fit.
Put it on with his head down, then check it with his head up to make sure it is not to tight.
Make sure you can get your hand in there.
I also used an old breast collar and some line to pull weights in the sand on a little sled I made from old pallets.
He does have a hay belly that needs to go.
Yes,He could benefit from a neck sweat.neck isn't too bad but it will trim it up & help with definition & how his neck ties.I know they aren't all shed out in our parts but keep up the brushing:wink:.Agree with having regular deworming on a youngster.As far as exercise you can do some lunging or pony him off another horse or via quad. backing is also good. He is muscled pretty good but regular exercise will tone things up give more muscle definition & trim up that belly. Weight isn't too bad but the winter hair can be deceiving I would also bump up his feed or add some oil or flax to it it will help with weight & give his coat more bloom.:-).His halter fit isn't too flattering. The jowl strap needs to go around the jowl,May need to be pulled up more,looks better in first pic.Shortening & banding of mane will also help presentation. You have something to work with & fit up he should shine:D. Has good muscle,Balance, nice bone be anxious to see him all shed up with more fitting:D Good luck!!
If he were in my barn I think I would body clip him.
But, you can not turn him out body clipped.
Please don't feed him sweet feed, seriously it is not good stuff to feed horses, you are far better off with a pelleted complete ration, sweet feed is like feeding highly sugared breakfast cereal to kids, yes it has lots of vitamins in it, yes it will bulk them up, but all that sugar will have serious side effects.
Much better to choose a mix without all that sweetness, that is not only my personal opinion, but the opinion of most informed people.
As for hill work :rofl::rofl:, first choose not to live in Saskatchewan eh? I use road allowances and the banks of sloughs for hills, I can often be seen in the middle of the gravel road, lunging horses in and out of the ditch:oops:
Okay, scratch sweet feed. I don't want a "high" two year old lol. I love him how he is! He will be more of a performance hrose anyways. But he still needs some work. I will just up the complete feed and oats he is getting. The Equine Power has flax in it I believe.. let me find a link for it... O&T - Products - EquinePower
And yes, boo SK for our lack of hills! Although, I love the flatness, it isnt ideal for some types of training ;)
I don't think his belly is as big now, and he's a lot less furry. He has been started under saddle and has had 6 rides since March.
I am hesitant to trim his mane lol, when he came in Oct. the middle portion was totally rubbed away!
Thanks again everyone!
IMO..you have a lot of hard work ahead of you.
^ To me, and I am by no means educated on halter showing and/or anything beyond the very most basic aspects of such, so I am simply commenting to add that, IMO, hard work is an awesome challenge which can be embraced and can lead to some really awesome quality time between you and your young one, there!
I HAVE to adamantly agree with GH regarding sweet feed. (I know you already decided against utilizing such, so do not feel I am trying to further "convince" you!) however, as recently as 15 years ago, all of the horses where I worked were given sweet feed, it was simply "the norm". Coming back to the horse-world after 15 years, I have been re-educating myself on equine nutrition and the like. What I have learned is that sweet feed and most any form of oat/"cereal" grain has been found to be non-adventitious in all ways to horses...who knew??:0)
I guess, in the days of horses pulling carriages as a means for humans to get around, such as recently before the invention of the auto, keepers discovered horses liked and could "digest" cereals, thus, they fed what they had handy in cities in greatest quantities, in addition to forage of course, & this became commonplace. Much more to it than that, but that is just a basic summing up of where grains and horses "connected" on the larger, common-place scale.
Recently, however, it has been found that cereal grains are the cause of over 20 previously non-understood equine dietary/other nutritionally based problems and basic concerns of previously unknown etiology. Bottom line: grains are not only often nutritionally lacking, but NOT the sort of foodstuffs which horses were meant to consume. I'm really not on a soapbox, and there are obviously much WORSE THINGS one can do with ones animals than to feed them grains! I am not intending to project that...I suppose having recently been studying equine dietary need, I am hyperfocused on this topic, and find it fascinating, as, had I NOT happened to begin learning about this, I would be the FIRST to say, based on ask of the experiences from my youth, -"Hey man, horses EAT GRAIN! That's the way it is!" So please don't take my comments as preachy...do look into it, however, if you like. It's truly fascinating!
Anyway, absolute best of luck to you and your horse in your endeavors. He is beautiful!!
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