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post #11 of 17 Old 11-05-2014, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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I'm not sure if they have been bred or not that's what my mother in law asked to I'll have to find out though. I have them on a sweet feed called triumph 10 10 that's what someone told me had a lot of fat and protein in it and we feed them hay
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post #12 of 17 Old 11-06-2014, 11:13 AM
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To your original question, I agree with others - wait to actually ride them until there's a bit more weight on. You can use the time to do some really good groundwork and ensure they've got good manners and good responsiveness to various cues. You can also do some lunging, if you want to get a bit more exercise. I wouldn't lunge for more than 10 minutes or so to start, since it can be hard for a horse to keep balance in a circle without the muscle to support it.

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post #13 of 17 Old 11-06-2014, 12:21 PM
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Poor Girls, thanks for helping them.

Just a FYI, tying short & low is not a good idea. If the horse should pull back there is a greater risk of injury.
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post #14 of 17 Old 11-06-2014, 12:33 PM
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Ok thanks for the input we were riding them a little just me and the kids but bare back and when I rode with a saddle I put on alot of pads. I had someone take a look at them and got the right feed for them and have been worming them properly

Bareback right now is just as bad if not worse than riding with a saddle because it is your weight directly on their spine. Also if you are even a little unbalanced or doing anything more than a light walk you're likely to cause more injury, pain and muscle atrophy to the area.

My advice would be no riding until the spine is not protruding (saddle or bareback). Light work in hand or lunging to help build muscle tone will help, as well as a good diet for weight gain. But make sure any exercise is light and not long (no more than 10-15 min in the beginning) until they are healthily gaining and show more energy.
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post #15 of 17 Old 11-06-2014, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for your input I really appreciate it any more is definitely a plus
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post #16 of 17 Old 11-06-2014, 02:24 PM
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I do agree with the others.

However, I want to admit that I grew up riding many horses that thin, it was a seasonal thing, and I do not recall any damage done.

Plenty of blankets, keep any weight off the spine.
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post #17 of 17 Old 11-06-2014, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you when we do ride which is very little we put plenty of padding
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