My Araloosa Yearling
This is my 22 month old ArabianxAppaloosa filly, she's 14 hands. She came to me as a rescue 11 months ago, near-death, and has done extremely well. I'm going to be using her for a western pleasure horse in the future.
People often make comments about how skinny she looks, and my rebuttals about how she's just a growing, awkward, yearling don't seem to satisfy everyone. I believe that she's perfectly healthy and happy. She's eating 2lbs MVP twice daily, as well as 2-6 flakes of hay daily.
I'd love to hear your input on her yearling confirmation, as well as how you think she'll grow in the next couple of years. :D
She looks happy and energetic. She does appear to be thinner than I like to see, but as long as your vet says she's healthy and progressing normally, who am I?
Thanks for sharing.... and welcome to the forum.
maybe a dumb question, but is she kept up to date on worming?
although I 'm all for growing horses being kept a little on the thin side (horses that are over weight while growing can have a lot of problems, including joint issues) but she is a little under weight. I would like to see her up another 20+ pounds. otherwise she looks happy, and has a nice shiny coat. I've had several young horses, so I am very familiar with the awkward phases. why do you say 2-6 flakes of hay? Even the fattest horse on the farm gets 3-4 flakes, and the 23 month old gelding on the farm gets 6. 2 flakes is not enough for a growing horse(or most adult horses.).
Other than being a little thin, I like the looks of her, pretty face, love arab/appy (I have an arab and an appy:D)
Yes, she is up to date on worming. She came to me in an extremely bad state, and had a HUGE wormy belly. We've been de-worming on schedule for a year. Thank you for the concern.
A little more of her story, here she is the day I picked her up from a terrible "rescue" that I later reported. That's a full winter coat in AUGUST and a huge wormy belly. Could see ribs through her coat. Heartbreaking.http://i.imgur.com/WXvbYkr.jpg
This is what was underneath that coat :cry: http://i.imgur.com/m15qeKF.jpg
Getting a little more filled out by September/October.
Nice and plump this winter, February. http://i.imgur.com/7gFfO1Z.jpg
I just believe she's in a phase of growth, because she's grown an entire hand since January and has been eating an extra scoop of grain twice daily. Her teeth, feet, and everything else is normal.
She has a very stiff flat top line carrying into her hind quarters which are rounded. Her coupling looks rough with a poorly placed LS joint. She is tied in at the knee.. something that will not change as she grows. Her shoulder lays back nicely but her point of shoulder angle is closed and her neck is placed low and is a bit ewe. The angles or her hind legs are a bit too open and she appears straight through the stifle.. with the entire hind leg placed too far to the rear.
I understand this is a rescue, but after 11 months she should have a covering over those ribs (feel them not see them). This animal is getting insufficient feed.
She is growning (as you note) and it using more calories than she takes in.
Weigh her hay (I hate it when someone says they feed X flakes of hay.. flake size and density are determined by the dryness of the hay being baled, the ground speed of the baler and the PTO speed of the baler that controls the speed of hay pick up and plunger speed). She should be getting about 25 pounds a day of decent grass hay (have the hay analyzed buy your feed store). If your bales weigh 40 pounds that is more than a half a bale a day (horses are expensive to feed).
Another thought.. how dusty is that hay and how is her breathing? This filly looks like she has a heave line along under her ribs. If she is allergic to the hay and it causes her an allergic reaction she needs an entirely different complete feed.
Regarding the hay, we buy from a local farm (it's extremely good quality) and a bail is set out daily for her. The flakes are larger than normal, about 6 per bail instead of the normal 10, and she eats what she pleases. She also has unlimited grass, so she tends to eat that up and eat less hay.
Elana: she is provided an entire bail per day, and it is the highest quality in the area. The hay is not dusty and she has never had any breathing problems.
Thank you for the confirmation overview! :)
BTW this is what I mean about a heave line. If she has heaves that could explain her loss of condition in the spring.
It is less obvious with her standing.. but it is there. A horse with heaves has a tendency to be unthrifty until they get the proper feed to control their allergy (asthma).
And it is confOrmation.. Confirmation is something you do when you assert something is correct or something that happens is some churches. ;)
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