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oki last time i asked for a critique on rocky the thing people mentioned was his weight, most the pictures were pretty much after winter so he had lost a little bit of weight. so now its summer and the grass is growing and i have a recent picture of him

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He still looks a bit underweight to me but he's getting there. I am seeing some indentations of muscle development starting to come out that also wasn't in his earlier pictures, very nice :) And I think his mane looks cute...better than the before pics. He has the same mane as Cinny :) That sort of short, not sure what it wants to do, some lays flat while the rest flies like a troll doll's hair sort of thing ha ha.
 

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He's got a ways to go weight wise and he needs some conditioning/muscle building. Have you worked with your vet on how to get weight on him and making sure there isn't any medical issues going on?
 

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I'm clearly sort of ignorant but that horse does not look too skinny to me in the recent pictures. He looks out of shape and needs to build muscle and become more shapely but I wouldn't take the opinion that he's "skinny" or needs to "gain weight" in a sense that he needs to get more fat on his bones.

He's cute though, I love greys!
 

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It sure looks to me like he needs more weight. Whether you call that fat on his bones, it's the same thing in my book.
 

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I can see that he could use weight of any kind in the first pictures but in the "recent" ones at the bottom he looks like he's a healthy weight, just under muscled? I'm totally keen on the idea that I'm just wrong but I can't see any part of him that needs more generic fat/mass, just more muscle tone.

You can't see any ribs or excessive pointy bits, his tummy is nice and round, his back and whithers and shoulder/chest area isn't as pointy and scrawny looking as they were... or at all?... I dunno I really can't see it! I'm going to maybe assume this is a specific breed of horse that is meant to look different than what I am thinking?
 

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I agree, he is looking much better than he was the last time she posted about him...and I think we need to encourage her on a job well done because she is definitely headed in the right direction with this horse. She knew that Rocky was underweight and needed muscle and she has clearly been doing something about it. He IS adding weight and he IS adding muscle compared with her previous post...which she included the pictures of in our before pictures here.

I say keep up the good work, and there is definitely a difference in him!!
 

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Current weight looks good in my eyes, his neck/back will muscle up with work as topline is built. Is he a certain breed that people like to see heavier than he is at the moment? If he was my horse I wouldn't be looking to put much more weight on him although I like mine to be fit and toned, not podgy. All a matter of personal preferance.

Also, are his sloping hindquarters a hallmark of his breed? Just curious. My guess would be Tennessee Walker although I am inexperienced with them in general, he reminds me of ones that I have seen.
 

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I believe in the previous post that the OP says he's a 5 year old Appy TB X. By his head he appears to me to be the big stocky type of appy that he was crossed with and they ARE usually a bit heavier when healthy. Also, when they are underweight it sort of makes their heads disproportionate to their body. But this has only been MY experience.
 

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thanks for the comments guys, i've tried to work rocky as much as i could, but he looses shoes like something crazy and theres alot of road work in the area and he gets bored of field work.
as for his weight i actually think he's heavier than what he looks, when the vet came to geld him a while back (when he was 2) he even miscalculated his weight and never gave him enough dosage to dope him up.
i can see he really needs the work to build up his muscles, but i dunno how long im still going to be going to my dads for.
heres a more recent picture of him.

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I wouldnt put any additonal weight on him anywhere other than the neck. I think his weight is pretty good everywhere else. That is what sticks out because the rest of him is developed and full and they neck is still a bit thin. Get him working and im sure the neck will fill out. Hes totally adorable! One of the first horses I ever rode was a tb/appy and she was the same way. She inherited a nice stocky body and a TB neck. She got the appy feet too!
 

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I think hes gorgeous! especially in that most recent pic. he looks like hes filled out beautifully. curious to know (sorry if it was mentioend in previous threads) what are you using him for/ goign to use him for?
 

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I think his weight looks much better. Good job.

He has a some what blocky large head and a scrawny neck so that will always look like his neck is under weight. Yes, you can build his neck up some but I do not think it will ever look large enough to go with his head. Add that most of the photos are taken in a manner that do not show off his head in a flattering way (they only make it look larger).
 

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he's just used as a general hack/trail horse.
i think the winter we had this year really knocked his weight down, as we struggled to get enough feeding for all the animals.
as for his head, it is rather large compared to his neck and my photography skills are not great, haha i even think professionals would have problems capturing that in a complimentary way.
 

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I am guessing he will make a lovely hack/trail horse! He is big boned and has nice big feet, etc. All good things.
 

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Thanks, he is a great boy, his temperament is completely amazing, if he was any more laid back he'd be horizontal, and he's not lazy in the slightest, you barely even have to squeeze him to get him going.
 
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