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Oldhorselady 03-25-2013 10:17 PM

Percheron body improvement?
 
This isn't really a comformation critique, but I'm wondering if my mare's topline seems to have improved at all? She is EPSM positive....just found out a little over a month ago and have adjusted her diet. I'm still working on her losing weight. The first two pictures are of her when I adopted her and the last two today. Thanks!

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PurpleMonkeyWrench 03-25-2013 10:28 PM

what a gorgeous animal! I notice a difference in her top line.

Little Jane 03-25-2013 10:53 PM

I hadn't heard of EPSM before--had to look it up! I do see an improvement in her topline. She is a gorgeous mare!

Oldhorselady 03-25-2013 11:42 PM

Maybe this video will help more....


KylieHuitema 03-26-2013 12:18 AM

This is fascinating to me as I've never seen a horse with this! But she seems to have improved A TON!

SaddleStrings 03-26-2013 12:28 AM

I think she looks great! That video you posted, shows her using her top line. Her top line is definantly improving. Her coat looks good too. Great job!

What changes have you done with her diet? I'm curious...

Oldhorselady 03-26-2013 12:55 AM

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Originally Posted by SaddleStrings (Post 2030209)
I think she looks great! That video you posted, shows her using her top line. Her top line is definantly improving. Her coat looks good too. Great job!

What changes have you done with her diet? I'm curious...

Well, I've always tried to keep her on a low sugar/carb diet with a ration balancer, hay and pasture since she is a VERY easy keeper. A little over a month ago, I found out she is EPSM positive. So, I have had to introduce 2 lbs of fat into her diet using a combo of oil, cool cal and ground flax.

Gent N Diva 03-26-2013 07:09 AM

She looks great. Do you have a surcingle and side reins? That would help her keep her head lower and use her back more to bring it up as much as possible, if used correctly. If you don't know how to adjust them properly perhaps there is someone near you who could help you. It really will help her build her topline better and make it stronger if she were to work with her head lower. You are doing a great job with her.

Saddlebag 03-26-2013 09:07 AM

What size is your pen? Your big mare handles it easily. I'm thinking of adding a panel or two to mine.

Oldhorselady 03-26-2013 12:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Gent N Diva (Post 2031898)
She looks great. Do you have a surcingle and side reins? That would help her keep her head lower and use her back more to bring it up as much as possible, if used correctly. If you don't know how to adjust them properly perhaps there is someone near you who could help you. It really will help her build her topline better and make it stronger if she were to work with her head lower. You are doing a great job with her.

Thanks Gent! I used sidereins and a circingle quite a while back when I first got her. She did fine (I know how to use them). However, she was going through quite a few lameness issues then so I backed off of her work. Now she is very sound and she is working a lot between trail rides, ground driving and now lunging. I am going to start lunging her on a line in the arena to give her more room, and I may just bring the sidereins out again! Thanks for the reminder!


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