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post #1 of 9 Old 09-04-2017, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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What do you think of my gelding

I bought this guy, Jaxson, about 6 months ago. Before him I leased a horse for 6 months that spooked a lot resulting in me falling a lot :( So i returned him and bought this guy. He had been purchased by a mother and daughter at an auction where all they know was he was ridden english and they bought him with the intention of finding him a new home. The vet estimates between 15-18 yrs old and he is a thoroughbred unraced no tattoo. Ive been really lucky with him, he is the perfect beginner horse. I have ridden him English and western. He has really proved himself an all round horse.

He is currently barefoot, and kept outside 24/7 with hay.
I sometimes wonder if I should also be feeding him grain?

I ride him 2-4 times a week. Lightly but would like to see if I can learn to jump with him.

Would appreciate some helpful opinions as I don't have a lot of resources for helpful horse knowledge.

Thanks
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post #2 of 9 Old 09-05-2017, 02:15 AM
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Congrats on finding that perfect beginner horse, he looks like a keeper!

I think he could use a few more calories added to his diet, especially if you are going to up his work load. At his age you should probably make sure his teeth are in good shape if you haven't already done that.

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Your horse is really cute.
I have one looks nearly the same...flea-bitten gray.

Your horse could use a little weight, but more than weight some muscle.
Hay and pasture is fine for a horse to live off of if they don't need anything else, but you need to also offer proper vitamins and minerals daily then.
With your guy needing a bit of weight and to build muscle, if he were mine I would be giving him Senior feed everyday.
Depending upon the brand will determine how much he is fed.
This would allow him to get some extra calories plus those needed vitamins and minerals to put a bigger shine to his coat, a gleam in his beautiful eye and some muscle to his body you are now riding and exercising a few times a week.
A steady personality I bet he is fun to ride.
If he rides "English" I bet he also knows some already about jumping...

So, look for a Senior feed as through processing it is made differently and nutrients are easier absorbed by the horses body to utilize.
Read the bag directions and introduce it slowly as he is not receiving any feed now...
It will take about 10 days for you to see a difference in appearance...take pictures for comparison or weight tape measurements if you want to know exactly how much he is gaining.
Tweak that amount up or down as is needed and desired goals are reached.
I would estimate he should weigh about 1100 pounds with full weight for his size and build.
With the horse able to eat and do well on hay/pasture now it would not be much he would need fed in Sr. feed.

So, enjoy the new boy and have great fun!!!
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He's good looking.

I agree with the addition of senior feed. I also suggest a good quality hay, possibly in place of the senior feed.

Without being on the ground, just from your photos, the pasture he's in looks a bit depleted to me. The tall stuff left is what they aren't even interested in. I see you are from Ontario. Are there agriculture centers that offer low-cost suggestions on weed removal and forage improvement? We have county extension offices who are great resources. Willing to help because forage is used by wildlife and to reduce the spread of noxious weeds.
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I agree with the addition of senior feed. I also suggest a good quality hay, possibly in place of the senior feed.
Boots...
There is a huge hay roll by the other horses in the first picture....

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Congratulations on your new horse!
He's a looker, and all that really matters is that he's a good fit for you ! <3

I agree with the above--he would probably benefit from senior feed. And also from some conditioning exercises :)!

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Boots...
There is a huge hay roll by the other horses in the first picture....

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I saw that. Um... yeah.
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Thanks everyone! I really appreciate all the feedback. I want to do everything I can to make sure he feels great in his new forever home. Now that my kids are back in school I will be getting him ( and me ) into shape!
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