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post #21 of 22 Old 01-22-2018, 12:23 AM
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Good job! I wouldn't be too quick to start forced exercise though, he needs all his calories he takes in to build his body back up. They usually need to get enough nutrition to fill out with a little fat before they'll start building muscle. For example the last starved colt I took in required a year just to repair his body and start adding on a little extra weight and then the next year he started building muscle. Slow process but it was worth the wait because he turned out really nice.
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post #22 of 22 Old 01-23-2018, 02:35 PM
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I agree with JCandGrace. It takes time. The more underweight and starved they are the longer it takes to get them where you want. You'd have to compensate for the work and keep it light at this stage. We didn't work our mare at all the first year. It took that long to get weight on her so she didn't look like a skeleton. The second year we started walking her up and down the hollow to build muscle, some light trotting. It wasn't until the third year we saw a horse with a good topline and muscle with adequate fat. By that time she was being ridden on a fairly regular basis still no really hard work. Now she is fit and jumping with my child in addition to dressage work and dressage and trails with me.
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