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post #11 of 15 Old 05-23-2019, 04:30 AM
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I was going to mention the shoulder definition myself. She's on her way and probably just needs continued regular work. Once she starts really pushing from behind in the canter, she'll tone up. I am also going with massive bone structure with this one. I mean, just look at that head! It's as long as her leg! Also, spring grass has more nutrients. Wait and see what happens this summer.

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post #12 of 15 Old 05-23-2019, 05:04 AM
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She is gorgeous! Keep working her as much as you can, she will be fit in no time.
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post #13 of 15 Old 05-23-2019, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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Compared to what she was like before this is definitely the last bit😂 she holds a lot of weight in her chest, shoulders and below her stomach she I don't think she'll ever look 'fit'. I just want her to be happy and healthier😊
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post #14 of 15 Old 05-24-2019, 02:18 AM
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She is cute. I definitely think she could lose a bit more weight. She almost looks pregnant with the dip under her belly but part of that is conformation. She has a very short, slightly dipped back which adds to the effect of making her look even fatter.

I have one mare who has been on a diet since i got her and we are still working on managing her weight. She is always hungry and when given the opportunity, would stuff herself silly. I suspect she has equine metabolic syndrome and will perpetually be on a diet. She really needs to be worked hard every day, but summer is here and with the high temperatures i will be limited on how hard I can work her.

Buy slow feed nets. You want to provide slightly less hay and slow down her consumption. Cut back on her pasture otherwise you can't control what she is eating.
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post #15 of 15 Old 05-24-2019, 01:07 PM
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She sure is pretty. She will never be lank and lean like a thoroughbred and I think you are on the right track. I have the same struggle with my mare and I don't have enough time to exercise her as much as she needs. I've really limited her grass intake and she is kept in a dry lot for much of the day with a slow feeder hay net. She isn't building muscle, but at least it is a good way to manage her diet.

If you have the option to take her off grass for a portion of the day I would do that.
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