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post #11 of 140 Old 06-26-2011, 04:50 PM
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Well said Sunny, and I agree.

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Some breeds, like TBs, may be harder to keep at a healthy weight.
This doesn't give you(general) an excuse to have ribby horses, it gives you the responsibility to get them to a healthy weight.

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post #12 of 140 Old 06-26-2011, 04:50 PM
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I think everyone knows but is choosing to misinterpret what the OP is saying.
Thin, lean, and skinny all mean the same thing.

"The Thoroughbred typically has a deep chest, lean body and long flat muscles. They are fine to medium boned. They have well angled shoulders, and lean but powerful haunches."

I think she knows they are not supposed to look unhealthy. And other than that ONE picture of her horse, he doesn't. It is perfectly fine for her to say a thoroughbred is a naturally skinny horse.
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Racehorses will be lean, yes, but there is a very big difference between lean and thin. The horse that the OP is throwing such a fit about was thin. The middle one that GH posted is lean. These horses are lean.



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I don't see a single rib on any of those horses. However, just to show that a horse can show a rib outline without being skinny, here is another picture of a horse that is racing fit. You can see a slight rib outline, but it is obvious that it is underneath a layer of muscle.

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Racehorses will be lean, yes, but there is a very big difference between lean and thin. The horse that the OP is throwing such a fit about was thin. The middle one that GH posted is lean. These horses are lean.



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I don't see a single rib on any of those horses. However, just to show that a horse can show a rib outline without being skinny, here is another picture of a horse that is racing fit. You can see a slight rib outline, but it is obvious that it is underneath a layer of muscle.


Thank you smrobs

Those horses are LEAN, not skinny. There is a difference, and these pictures prove it.
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No horse should be ribbey. TB are heavy eaters and need more food than the typical pleasure horse. High calorie Alfalfa and lots of grain. You must take into concideration the breed and what its calorie use is. My mares are all fat before they are bred to handle the extra energy needs of pregnancy and nursing, my studs are also fed extra during the breeding season.
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I am watching the Queen's Plate on right now and NOT ONE of them looks skinny.

And these are race ready thoroughbreds.
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I don't agree with you at all

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Take a gander at the Top Level TB Eventers out there, do you see ribs on any of them? Nope.

They are conditioned, lean and ready to take on the full demaning courses - but not one of them, you can see ribs on.

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Like I said , no horse should be Ribey, that's underweight. TB are lean, not skinny.
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post #20 of 140 Old 06-26-2011, 05:26 PM
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Goodness, I must have the world's most unusual TB since they're all supposed to be scrawny unless you feed them a ton of grain.

JJ is the very definition of 'easy keeper' and the pictures I saw of him taken at the end of his racing career don't show a skinny horse. Sure, he eats more than my Arabians, but he puts on and retains weight quite well and I sure as heck don't give him pounds and pounds of grain every day.

Racing fit is not skinny. Lean and muscular look nothing like that scrawny stallion you're touting OP. Even if he weren't too thin, I don't like his build at all.

Oh, and if you're hoping to get into veterinary medicine, you really need to up your game concerning your spelling and grammar. They're both atrocious.

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