rlawlis

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  1. Questions About Feeding My Senior Gelding

    Thank you Dondi. He's is such a sweetie, He is strangely a bay with a black dorsal stipe running down is back. lol not sure what color you would call him. I have added just 2 lbs of alfalfa pellets to his feed and that seems to be going well. I will add other things as he needs it I suppose. Right now he looks pretty good :)
  2. Questions About Feeding My Senior Gelding

    Thank you Heidi. He is my sweet boy, he taught me how to ride. lol I remember when we went to look at him when I was a little girl the person selling him seemed concerned and kept telling my dad that I wouldn't like him because he was "just a bay" my dad said he will never forget the look on the ladies face when this little 80 pound 12 year old informed her that color didn't matter, it was his heart and personality that would make up my mind. I told her there was no bad color for a good horse and that I would appreciate it if she would include me in the conversation since he was potentially going to be my horse. lol my dad said he had to pick his jaw up off the ground and she looked just as astonished. He was a stubborn, grumpy, half trained Mustang but I fell in love instantly. We didn't take him home that day, but he showed up a few months later on Christmas Day, despite the many warnings that my father received about buying a 12 year old little girl a half wild, half trained Mustang as her first horse with no prior riding experience and my parents had zero horse experience. lol my dad still says to this day it was one of his best purchases. :) I thank you very much for your insight. Angular is a very good word to describe him. He has always had a prominent withers, but I notice it sticking out a bit more as do his hips. He's not as "round" as he used to be. I'm hoping getting him back in shape and building sound muscle will help as well as a diet change. I hope to ride him as long as he will allow and as lightly as needed. I have read and been told the longer you keep them doing some sort of work the better they do even if it is just a daily hand walk through the woods. :)
  3. Posted a topic with questions about feeding my senior gelding. Here is a link. I made it on the "horse heath" forum but thought I'd post a link here since it gets more traffic! Thank you in advance! :) http://forums.horsecity.com/index.php?showtopic=47102597
  4. Made a topic with questions about feeding my senior gelding. Here is the link to it, I thought I might post it here since it gets more traffic. Thank you in advance! :) http://forums.horsecity.com/index.php?showtopic=47102597
  5. Hello everyone, I have an 18 year old Mustang gelding that has recently lost a few pounds, he was a bit chubby from being put out to pasture the last 2 years while my hubby and I were moving around with the military. He has just gotten back to riding and getting in shape in the last 3 months. So he actually looks pretty good now. But I don't want him to continue to drop weight as he is getting older. I noticed that he was dropping little chewed up balls of grass and hay from his mouth and had the equine dentist come out and float his teeth, he informed me that he had lost a molar (the reason he was having the little grass/hay balls falling out) and suggested I start feeding him a more palatable senior feed. Since we are going into winter and he is living a little farther north than where he has lived his last 12 years (he lived in South GA now we live in NC) I would like to get him started on something. He has never been an "easy keeper" but never extremely difficult either. I have been doing some research and found a couple options and was wondering what you all did for your older ponies. He weighs in at about 980 pounds. His activity level is "active pleasure", he gets exercised about 30 mins 4 times a week carrying me (about 130 pounds) and an easy 2 hour trail ride on Sunday (carrying my hubby 190 pounds). We do occasionally (maybe once or twice a month) go on trail riding trips or organized trail rides and he carries my hubby for several hours usually 10-14 miles with regular 15 min breaks. He lives with my 11 year old mare (which stays fat off air and water lol) but they are separated for feeding in their stalls and only share the pasture however he is still the boss and doesn't allow her to run him from his food anyway. He will also be well blanketed during the winter, although he usually grows his own nice fuzzy coat. He currently eats: 6 pounds of hay twice a day. (12 pounds a day) 2 & 3/4 pounds of purina strategy (professional formula) twice a day. (5.5 pounds a day) He also has access to pasture 24/7 (which right now is bahai that is dying out but I'm planting annual rye this weekend and he will have access to that all winter. Next spring we are planting Bermuda.) He is also on "Joint Combo" as a supplement for his old man creaky joints and his hooves. :) I weigh his food out so it's not just one scoop of feed or 4 flakes of hay... if I say 2.75 pounds he is getting exactly 2.75 pounds at each feeding. I have found options like: 1) switching him to a senior feed such as Purina Senior (I have always fed Purina brand so I'm comfortable with it) 2) adding alfalfa pellets or something similar to his feed. 3) adding a supplement for seniors like Omegatin, Focus SR, ect... 4) or a combination of the 3 above. I am a bit confused and unsure about feeding a "complete feed" and adding supplements to it, I don't want to over-supplement him. His current feed is a "complete feed" and the only additions he gets is joints and a free choice mineral block. What has worked best for you? Do you have any personal recommendations or comments? Thank you in advance! This is my first time with a senior horse. He is my buddy I have had him since he was 4 and I was 12. He is now 18 and I'm 26. I want to keep him around and healthy for many years to come! :) I attached a photo of him taken last Tuesday. Kudos to you if you actually read everything I typed. lol Thank you so much! :) ~Rhiannon~
  6. Some New Photos

    Azale, Firstly, I love the emotion of both photos, the depth is the eyes and the poses depict a controlled power that is hard to capture. I enjoy the rough, swirling coats, because it's not a side of horses that is usually photographed. Usually, people like to see the shiny summer coats. However the rough, wintery coat adds more texture to the photographs. It's seems that I can feel their coats as opposed to just seeing them. Lastly, I like the creative exposure. I enjoy how overexposed both photographs are, it helped bring out the texture of their coats and the contrast is pleasing to the eye. The second may have a touch to much contrast, but still a wonderful photograph. However, I am curious to know if the white background is from post processing in photoshop or a similar program or if you captured them that way. Overall they are both very wonderful photos that I would proudly frame and hang in my house. Splendid Job, Very Impressive! :) I don't know if you have a facebook page, but if you do, You should look up the groups "The Photography Throwdown" and "Not For Contest". They are two photography groups, the first is a weekly contest where there is a technique or topic, and you post a photography that depicts that topic, then on Sunday everyone votes for their favorite and on Monday the admins count the votes, the winner gets to pick the next weeks topic. It's quite fun and a great way to learn more about photography and your camera. The second is a group of mostly the same people and it's where we post photos that are not for the weekly contest to get critiques or just enjoy sharing them with each other. You will have to ask to join each group and our admins will accept you. Well hope to see you there. These are both wonderful photos, thank you for sharing. :)
  7. Should I run this challenge another week?
  8. Well we didn't have many entires from the last challenge, However there were several good ones, Thank you to everyone that participated. I know how it is when "time" gets in your way. Honestly all four of you that posted photos did a GREAT job and I like them all, so I'm not going to pick my favorites from just four entries. But I did especially like Spunkers Gal's second photo. love the DOF, composition and clarity. Great photo! On to the next challenge...... Hello Everyone, Welcome to Weekly Photography Challenges. The challenge will run from MONDAY, 20TH FEBRUARY 2012 starting at 9pm through SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH 2012 ending at midnight. Eastern Standard Time. After that time I will go through all the photos posted and decide the three top photos that best depicted the challenge. The top three (and any other photos I thought deserved an honorable mention) will be posted/announced on the thread that begins the following weeks challenge. There will be no prizes given out. However the purpose of this is to challenge your photo taking ability. That way you can learn more about your camera and how to look at everyday things differently. It will help you to think outside the box and will be a ton of fun to share photos with fellow board members. We will try this out a few weeks and I will make a decision based on the popularity of it as to wether or not I will continue to post the challenges weekly or bi weekly or end the challenges completely. So remember your participation is needed to keep this alive. :) There are two rules to the challenge 1) ABSOLUTELY NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT. This means the photo that you post MUST have been taken by you. 2) NO CRUEL COMMENTS OR CRITICIZING. This thread may also be used for photography discussion, however please resist the urge to criticize other peoples work. Remember everyone has different views and perspectives on the challenges and just because someone's view is different then yours it does not make it wrong. However please feel free to discuss photography and if someone asks for opinions or feedback, please feel free to give it. Also, you may post as many photos as you would like, this thread is not a contest, instead a way to share and stretch your ability to take different kinds of photos. So feel free to post away. The more pictures you take the better you will get at it. Don't worry about your photos being "mediocre" :) This is a way to learn to better your photography skills. It's a learning process for everyone. So have lots of fun! I look forward to all the pictures! :) Now that all the boring stuff has been gone over, let the fun begin! :) This weeks challenge is "SOMETHING OLD" A unique photograph of anything you consider "OLD" :) Maybe this one will be a tiny bit easier than last weeks. Good Luck and Happy Shooting.... Here are some examples of "OLD" photographs....... Just a note all of my photos are shot with a Canon Rebel Xti with different lenses. I usually shoot on M (manual mode) Meaning I set the aperture, shutter speed and ISO for taking a shot. I prefer to shoot this way because it gives me control over getting a creatively correct exposure. Old Horseshoe hanging on a fence.... Old house.... Same old house in color..... Old Door in Savannah.... Old building in Savannah...
  9. I do believe I am going to extend this challenge another week. So everyone who still wants to have a chance to get a photo can do so... So this challenge will be ending Sunday February 19th 2012..... As long as that is okay with everyone.
  10. Hello Everyone, Welcome to Weekly Photography Challenges. The challenge will run from MONDAY, 6TH FEBRUARY 2012 starting at 9pm through SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12 2012 ending at midnight. Eastern Standard Time. After that time I will go through all the photos posted and decide the three top photos that best depicted the challenge. The top three (and any other photos I thought deserved an honorable mention) will be posted/announced on the thread that begins the following weeks challenge. There will be no prizes given out. However the purpose of this is to challenge your photo taking ability. That way you can learn more about your camera and how to look at everyday things differently. It will help you to think outside the box and will be a ton of fun to share photos with fellow board members. We will try this out a few weeks and I will make a decision based on the popularity of it as to wether or not I will continue to post the challenges weekly or bi weekly or end the challenges completely. So remember your participation is needed to keep this alive. :) There are two rules to the challenge 1) ABSOLUTELY NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT. This means the photo that you post MUST have been taken by you. 2) NO CRUEL COMMENTS OR CRITICIZING. This thread may also be used for photography discussion, however please resist the urge to criticize other peoples work. Remember everyone has different views and perspectives on the challenges and just because someone's view is different then yours it does not make it wrong. However please feel free to discuss photography and if someone asks for opinions or feedback, please feel free to give it. Also, you may post as many photos as you would like, this thread is not a contest, instead a way to share and stretch your ability to take different kinds of photos. So feel free to post away. The more pictures you take the better you will get at it. Don't worry about your photos being "mediocre" :) This is a way to learn to better your photography skills. It's a learning process for everyone. So have lots of fun! I look forward to all the pictures! :) Now that all the boring stuff has been gone over, let the fun begin! :) This weeks challenge is "CAPTURING TIME" I want to see your depiction of capturing time.... Wether literally or figuratively. Get creative! I can't wait to see what you all have. I don't have many photos for this category, So I will try to be out shooting with you all, If I can pass this Spanish test...... lol HAPPY SHOOTING!! Here are some examples of "CAPTURING TIME" photographs....... Just a note all of my photos are shot with a Canon Rebel Xti with different lenses. I usually shoot on M (manual mode) Meaning I set the aperture, shutter speed and ISO for taking a shot. I prefer to shoot this way because it gives me control over getting a creatively correct exposure.
  11. I was absolutely blown away by everyones photos this week, it was VERY difficult for me to choose my favorites.... However here they are Saddle Tramp: I love how you got creative and found beauty in the detail of something so ordinary. Great job! Tenacious Tins: This is so unique and colorful, I will forever look at m&m's in a new way. Awesome! Spunkers Gal: Again, I love the creativity. I'm curious what kind of surface you had this on to get such a cool reflection, the photo is so sharp and the detail is outstanding. Good Job! Shani: This is a beautiful shot, it has a certain feel to it that so so serene and the details in the saddle and flower are wonderful. Okay everyone took some amazing photos this week, On to the next challenge!
  12. You are not late, you have until Sunday! :)
  13. I'm glad this challenge got you thinking differently Just curious what your aperture was on this shot, it had to have been very wide.
  14. Hahahaa that's so funny, I almost did choose red. Jeff is stunning, I have to admit i'm kinda partial to snakes, I have a Ball Python named Shiva. She is pretty, but not nearly as attractive as Jeff