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post #21 of 28 Old 10-06-2015, 08:26 AM
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If you think he needs more calories you can always try mixing the supplement with soaked sugar beet pulp or pellets.
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If you think he needs more calories you can always try mixing the supplement with soaked sugar beet pulp or pellets.
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I don't think he needs more calories - the pellets he was on were low sugar and starch. I think the purpose was to make sure he had all the vitamins and minerals he needed.

Would bloodwork help me figure out what he needs exactly?
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post #23 of 28 Old 10-06-2015, 10:23 AM
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Maybe just a ration balancer if he doesn't need anything else
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post #24 of 28 Old 10-06-2015, 11:05 AM
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"The previous owners had him on IntegritT - it's a low sugar feed that helps prevent excitability in hot horses (he is an arab after all)."

You might just let him live on grass, and supplement as needed with hay. My horses in Arizona don't get much green grass, but they live off of hay and hay pellets (the small ones). The pellets are because it is often too windy to feed them hay, and our hay can be pretty variable in quality.

Then keep an eye on him. One of the pure Arabians we had was simply a sweet horse. She could get excited, but she was always willing to work with her rider. She was green broke when my youngest learned to ride on her, and no problems.

Trooper is our "Steady Eddie", and he's 3/4 Arabian. The Appaloosa stallion was 50% Arabian, and a very dominant & aggressive horse. Not Trooper.

Mia was a purebred Arabian I had for 7 years before swapping her for Bandit, who is half Arabian. Mia...well, she helped create the "Arabian Mare" stereotype. We did all the spins and bolts I ever want to do in my life...but there also was not a mean bone in her body. My son has been on a horse two times in his life, and both times it was on Mia. That says a lot about her.

Bandit startles a lot, but he has never lost his mind doing it. Like Mia, I just accept the idea he'll get a little nervous at times - but in his case, I can usually figure out what it is. He doesn't bolt & he'll go around something if I can find him a little room. His instinctive reaction to something might be "Oh HELL NO!" at first, but he doesn't flee in panic and he is still willing to listen to suggestions. It is often possible to switch him to "I'll try...if we can take it slowly".

IOW, don't buy in to the idea that Arabians need special treatment. They are, IMHO, smart and alert. Training one can require a different approach than some other breeds. But they can also do this with a rider they trust:



I'd start your horse with grass (and hay if needed), maybe work up to hay pellets (predictable quality and easy to feed). I gave Mia a Mg supplement, and Bandit is on biotin, but that is it.

Good luck! Your horse has had FAR more training than any of mine. Enjoy!
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post #25 of 28 Old 10-06-2015, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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Pictures of my daughter riding Harley tonight! I let her do a walk/trot and he was beautiful! I feared he might get excited at the trot because he was very interested in his new surroundings (we were in the outdoor arena and there were other horses, animals, humans and cars around), but nope. He just seemed to know it was time to work and he gave her a very nice rhythmic trot. If anything, he is clearly a better horse than she is a rider at the moment! Her position was too far forward, but I think the saddle doesn't fit quite right. We will try different ones with the coach tomorrow. Otherwise, it was perfection! He listens to her every cue! So far so good!
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post #26 of 28 Old 10-07-2015, 12:53 AM
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If anything, he is clearly a better horse than she is a rider at the moment! Her position was too far forward,
It will take her a while to adjust to him, and I imagine that yesterday she was excited to be riding him for the first time and the nerves made her lean forward. As they get to know each other they will make a team, they just need lots of riding time together.

He looks so relaxed in the photos that I am sure he will do his job great.
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It will take her a while to adjust to him, and I imagine that yesterday she was excited to be riding him for the first time and the nerves made her lean forward. As they get to know each other they will make a team, they just need lots of riding time together.

He looks so relaxed in the photos that I am sure he will do his job great.
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You're probably right. But no matter what, her coach will make her work on her position until she drops! And he will be a great guide for her. He was a bit excited when he came out to the riding ring for the first time so I wasn't sure how he'd do, but as soon as she hopped on his back he dropped his head and went to work. I love the satisfied expression on his face when he's doing a good job!
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post #28 of 28 Old 10-07-2015, 08:10 AM
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Congrats! It is always satisfying to find something that finally works! Keep us updated!
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