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post #1 of 17 Old 09-10-2009, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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"My" Quarter Horse Mare

If anyone has read my introduction or journal entry, you would know I don't really have my own horse, this is the one that I have been "fostering". She is my learning horse, in other words I know very little about horses and she is my buddy and first experience with caring for a horse.

I am not really sure what a good size for a quarter horse is, everyone says she is really fat, one person said she is so fat that she looks pregnant. I was just wondering if anyone has any good pictures of what an ideal quarter horse mare should look like weight wise and how much do you think she needs to lose? Also, when looking at the weight of a horse, are you generally looking at their belly or is there a better place to look to see if they are fat/skinny/healthy?

I work her everyday on a lunge line, and I love doing it, but is that enough to help her lose weight and gain muscle? I have only had 3 riding lessons so I can't do that to help her lose weight.

I am not really involved in her feeding, but the stable owner said he gives her very little feed and that it's all grass belly.

Just let me know what you think...she's a sweetheart so don't hurt her feelings!
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post #2 of 17 Old 09-10-2009, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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By the way...I don't know if it matters, but she is 14.3hh.
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post #3 of 17 Old 09-10-2009, 02:17 AM
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a healthy quarter horse mare:
http://image5.equinenow.com/equine/d...s/163678_1.jpg

The mare you have appears to be overweight, I would talk to her owner about putting her on a diet/upping her exercise. When I look at a horse weightwise the first thing I notice is the thickness of the neck and the roundness of the hindquarters (including how much the hip bones show) and the barrel. For example,
Severely underweight horse:
http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/disast...thin-horse.jpg

racing fit horse: http://www.canterne.org/images-saleh...ilson_Hill.JPG

Healthy horse: http://www.hilltopfarminc.com/stallions/negro/1.jpg

very overweight horse: http://equisearch.com/horses_care/he..._scale_800.jpg

severely overweight horse: http://personal.ee.surrey.ac.uk/Pers...one-050402.jpg

Take note that different breeds have different body types, for example quarter horses are chunkier than thoroughbreds.
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post #4 of 17 Old 09-10-2009, 02:42 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks I appreciate the response and information!
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She is not majorly overweight if she was just a paddok horse she would be considered quite healthy... It depends on how much riding do you want to do with this horse?
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She is super cute, but boy is she chubby! :)
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post #7 of 17 Old 09-10-2009, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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The chubby ones are the cutest I always say! Thanks for everyone's replies.
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post #8 of 17 Old 09-12-2009, 01:51 PM
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just like people, she needs a diet and exercize. but yes she is darn cute! Twist would be in love!
i would just slowly increase how much/often you lunge her. no treats or concentrates. is she on pasture?

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post #9 of 17 Old 09-12-2009, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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She is out in a pasture...probably for the rest of her life I would imagine. Here's the deal...a lady I work with owns her, but she just started nursing school and had a baby so she has absolutely no time. So I offered to go out there and try to get her in shape and at the same time learn what I can about horses. I get an informal riding lesson on her about once a week and I groom and lunge her everyday. I literally just learned how to lunge her a week ago. She was a little work sour because she hadn't been ridden or lunged in a long time but after daily work she's come along brilliantly!

I have zero control over her food. The stable owner said she gets very little feed and that it's all grass belly. I'll take a picture of her in two more weeks or so you guys can see if she's improved at all. All I can do really is lunge her and love her!
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Here's an update after 2 weeks or so. The stable owner said she looks a little thinner...wondering what you guys think. It's obviously not much but wanted to know that I am on the right track.
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