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post #1 of 7 Old 07-03-2019, 07:14 AM Thread Starter
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Horse condition

Hi I was just hoping for some opinions! What do you all think of my mares weight and condition? I have been struggling to get weight in her for months and just feel like maybe she needs a bit more
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-03-2019, 07:35 AM
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What a pretty mare...
She looks good. maybe just a few pounds of bloom left to achieve..these are the hardest pounds to get to stick and stay.
Some more muscle-tone though will also make a huge difference in her appearance.
She is a work in progress in muscle as I can see the start of it on her front end and no flab in the hind, but no muscle delineation, sculpting happening in the butt, yet.
I think with a bit more of muscle-tone seen she would appear a very different horse to your eyes.


I have only recently discovered the beauty of feeding alfalfa cubes to my OTTB who I struggled with for several years to get that finished look on.
Today, he is top-line covered, ribs covered so just a hint shows in motion and he then developed the muscle delineation, a shine and glossiness to his coat never before seen{he is a flea-bitten gray} and his weight now sticks and not fall off constantly.
I only mention this cause you sound frustrated which is what I was trying so hard to get that "finish" and could not.
Alfalfa cubes, must be cubes...2 - 3 large handfuls soaked a day and fed is what gave me what I searched for.
Fed one-time a day along with whatever you normally feed.
I buy mine at Tractor Supply, the store brand of Dumoor. A bag lasts me near a month so not expensive for the result seen.


Your horse is really cute...
A slight tweak and you will be so much happier I think by the question you asked.
Remember though, her body is not ever going to resemble the heavy-stocky look of some horses, she is leaner and lankier in her build. If you ever get her to that point of "round", she will be obese and that is not healthy for her at all....far better a bit under.


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Thank you very much for such a lovely welcome!!!

It has been a long hard road she was in pretty poor condition and I feel like I tried everything. She is a very tricky mare who is highly strung and can be very stressy on different types of food. I now have her on a simple chaff that is just cut grass and a scoop of wheat midlings. its done a great job so far and hasn't hot her up at all. however I feel she has just reached this point and cant seem to get any further. she is a work in progress on the muscle side of things due to fracturing her hip when racing a few years ago, we have been doing lots of long trotting and transitions just to get her back end working but she does struggle with suppleness and balance.

thank you for the advice it is always welcome, everyday is a school day!!
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she is a work in progress on the muscle side of things due to fracturing her hip when racing a few years ago, we have been doing lots of long trotting and transitions just to get her back end working but she does struggle with suppleness and balance.
Don't be discouraged about this...
One of my former bosses had a OTTB who had fractured her hip on the track..
She had a "different" canter to ride but otherwise with time was one of the best horses for the young riders taking lessons and showing flat and over fences she had.
Once you learned to ride her canter, you could ride any canter.
She looked a little different from the back in symmetry because she broke her hip, otherwise she was one heck of a nice, nice horse to ride.
She rode, at least with me, we did at home to 2nd level dressage tests and movements but never did I show her as a real test.
So, supple and balance can be achieved, it just takes time and slow work toward that goal taking into consideration her physical limitations and abilities.

With your mares being more high-strung and stressed consider looking at the possibility of ulcers as a contributing factor.
With her injury, recovery and she was a raced horse is a lifestyle many come from with ulcers not often thought about that can contribute to "edgy" and once healed and looked after a different personality can emerge.
If she was treated, maybe retreat because the time healing, cooped-up and contained may have irritated her again to issue.
Something to consider and speak with the vet about.

Your possibilities are yet endless...enjoy the beautiful journey ahead of both of you, together in partnership.
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Weight wise, I think she looks good. Needs more muscle, yes.


Has she been seen recently by the vet for that old hip injury? If she's still hurting and compensating, she won't build muscle. Likewise, if the saddle doesn't fit. She's got an under muscled back, so you might need a different saddle setup now compared to a couple months down the road.



Can you ride her out on trails or in the the field? Long marching walks up and down gentle hills do wonders for muscling up. Walking raised poles slowly so she actually has to lift each foot. Good for reconditioning the TB mind too.



Better to have them lighter than heavier. There's actually been studies about calorie deprivation and the correlation to longevity in rats. Owners of hard keeper take heart! Lol.
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-03-2019, 11:01 AM
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She looks good weight wise just needs muscle now. Better lean then fat being able to just see a hint of ribs is ok. She's beautiful enjoy her and have fun working her.
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post #7 of 7 Old 07-03-2019, 11:28 AM
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I second the soaked alfalfa cubes, which I started thanks to @horselovinguy . It's the first thing that my high-strung pony, who lost a lot of weight and all her condition after breaking her hock, will consistently eat. She gets a bucket three times a day, top-dressed with her supplements. And all the grass hay and grazing she wants. Very slow process, gotta say. I think your mare looks very nice.

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