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post #1 of 6 Old 08-19-2009, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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Red face Still Ribby...

Hero is getting there - havent resorted to supplements yet.

I've been lacking with the beet pulp..I use to take it out 5x a week and give it to him after I ride...oh and he is getting teeth done at the end of the month - I'm sure they havent been done in a long time with the lack of care he had

We are switching barns in October and the BO is really good with feeding them quality hay and feed - cant wait!
My ? is can he be ribby but be in shape?? I'd like to get him really meaty looking but that might take a while since he lived 6 years like this...

Before - he had a WINTER coat on btw
Sunken back and very ribby

No neck

From last night

Looks good here

Still see ribs?

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post #2 of 6 Old 08-19-2009, 12:40 PM
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He certainly looks better. It would be easier to judge his current condition with a photo minus tack and rider from the side as well.
I do find it curious that you comment about the fact that he is not at the point you would most like him to be but, by your own admission, are slacking on the feed you want to help push him along. Can't really expect him to improve if you aren't giving his body the tools (feed) to do it, kwim?
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post #3 of 6 Old 08-19-2009, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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Im not slacking his feed (grain) when I got him I had him on beet pulp for two months. My beet pulp has been sitting out half empty under my deck and I think its time for me to get a new bag..its only been for a 2 weeks - I'm debating whether to by more or wait till we move him to the barn where they'll keep it there and feed it to him everyday.

ugh i resized this too small and dont have the original

here is a side profile but his head isnt in the photo
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post #4 of 6 Old 08-19-2009, 05:11 PM
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I don't see any ribs in that last pic and his butt sure looks filled out. Looks good to me. Sounds like the move will be good for him too.
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post #5 of 6 Old 08-23-2009, 09:26 AM
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I would certainly go buy the bag and continue the feeding regiment. I have a 36 yr old who I am struggling with. Your horse looks awsome but it takes nothing to lose that if you don't continue with the regiment. Keep up the good work.
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-23-2009, 02:11 PM
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I think he looks in good shape. We like fat horses visually, but we know it is better for them to be even a tad under weight than a tad over weight.
I would add rice bran. It made all the difference in our rescues. We add beet pulp as well.
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