Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Growing Up

In regards to my last post - never fear, we are all OK. I didn't mean to startle anyone! No one was hurt and no implications of harm were there, but I have taken appropriate changes to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Things have been good for the past few weeks, so just keep us in your thoughts that things continue on the upward trend!!

Over the last few months, I've visibly noted some changes in Annie - and truth be told, they really surprised me. I mean, I see the horse every single day, so I imagine it's hard to see small increments of change - especially if the changes are subtle over time.

Especially when I noticed Annie starting to get a little weedy on me again. I stood there in the barn aisle, cursing to myself for getting a damned Thoroughbred - let's be honest tho, Annie is only half Thoroughbred so I can't even wholly blame it on the breed. Nothing had changed in her life that would cause weight loss, and once again I was reeling from feeling incompetent to care for this horse who clearly was experiencing some kind of medical issue.

Last year, the 75" lightweight wore HER a bit more than she wore it haha.

I reached out to our regular Vet and mulled over some ideas before trying out a round of ulcer medication. The medication didn't do anything tho, so I kinda just tossed that idea aside and bumped up Annie's feed intake. She's pastured with hay 24/7, and I've removed all extruded or highly manufactured feeds from her diet, and she hasn't been consistently ridden since uhm... October.

So what the fuck is happening, mare?!

Remember what I said about incremental changes?

Being hard to spot?

Yah.

Things kinda started making sense when I realized Suzie's old hand me down 75" blankets were no longer fitting as nicely as they used to. In fact, whenever the sky let loose with precipitation (whether in the form of rain or snow), Annie's little butt peeking out from the blanket would get wet from the apple of her bottom, right down her thighs.

Someone's butt is poking out of this 75" heavyweight!
These blankets used to cover her pretty well, and it made me take pause and reconsider the weight loss.

Was she... growing?

Unfortunately, I have no solid data to go off of, because she was never officially sticked by her old owner or myself when I got her. I was told she was a compact 15-15.1 that should finish around 15.2. I measured her a few weeks ago and she is solidly hovering into 15.3 territory.

Pls do not make it to 16 hands, Annie! I bought you because you were little!!

I'd say she grew just a little bit...

This all being said tho, I've been looking back at pictures and referencing how tall I was standing next to her and uhm... there is a striking difference. I guess the chiro was right when she told me Annie will probably grow until she's 7-8.

Not only that, but I managed to ride Annie yesterday (Jan 24) and uhm... I do not remember having to lift my saddle that high... or looking UP at her back like that... or uhm... riding a giant fucking beast.

The good news is that her weight is finally playing catch up, and I've added a bit more to her diet to help with the growing pains and transition. It's interesting to me tho, because a lot of people figure after 4 a lot of horses are done growing upwards and will start growing outwards. Which, of course depends on the breed, as some warmbloods and Tbs aren't done until they are 5-6. But I figured coming up on her 7 year old year, we were firmly in the "this is how tall I'mma be forever now" camp.

I guess not.

What she looked like just a week ago ;)


Pls don't let her make it to 16 hands....

16 comments:

  1. Haha Ruby turned 8 this year and definitely grew out of last year's blanket 🙈
    But hey, at least winter is a good time for it, because you aren't feeding for a heavy workload and growing at the same time?

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    1. I honestly thought horses stopped growing (at least length wise lol) around 5-6 years old! I guess I was wrong, hahaha.

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  2. Hahahaha. I hear you! Grif (turned 8 last year) has grown out of his blanket now, too, in the same manner as Annie. I'm firmly in denial territory about it all. 🙈 🙈 🙈

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    1. Oh my goodness. So I might have another year of growing to look forward to?! (She will be turning 7 this year)

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  3. Opie seemed to get a teensy bit taller in his 5yo year, but he got SO LONG last year. Fortunately I kept a couple of Bobby's old 81" blankets because even though Dopes *maybe* makes 16hh now, his booty is starting to poke out of his 78" sheet.

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  4. My appendix horse I had as a junior grew until he was seven. He stayed JUST UNDER 16 hands (15.3 and 3/4) so he was a small junior. But honestly, without that permanent card, he may have actually been just over. Hopefully Annie's about done growing on you! Glad that was the answer to the weight loss though. Nothing serious!

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    1. Oh no, don't tell me that hahahha.

      I'm realizing its a pretty common theme for horses to grow upwards and outwards until they're 8-9. Holy moly I have a few years left lol.

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  5. Not to scare you but Ramone grew until he was 7 and went from 16.2 to 17hh

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  6. omg good sleuthing haha - getting taller is MUCH preferable to some sort of health issue! coming from the land where dinosaurs roam, i can promise you that you get used to basically any height if you spend enough time around it. tho, uh, if charlie gets any taller i might have problems lol....

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    1. She is kinda growing UP and then OUT haha. Her poor little butt is cold against the wind, but I refuse to buy new blankets at the moment, so she'll have to tough it out this year ;) Maybe next year I'll be nice and buy new ones, lol. I just got her a new rainsheet that is a 78", so she can enjoy that haha.

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    2. "Coming from the land where dinosaurs roam" LOL

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  7. Listening to everyone saying their horses grew until they were eight gives me hope that my three year old will get a little taller. :P

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    1. Bahah.
      I guess you are on the other side of the coin, hey! Fingers crossed for you, lol. Maybe I'll send some of Annie's height to you haha

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  8. She looks great! Sierra is 8 this year and she has 'bulked up' so much this winter it's unreal. I can't speak to height as I haven't measured her and she's always seemed 'big' to me, but when I bought her they had her in 75/76 blankets. Granted, I think they were a bit small for her, but she's now wearing 80/81's.

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