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post #1 of 10 Old 07-05-2012, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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Critique my horses- weight wise.

Okay- little background.

My gelding was pretty overweight being he was on 60 acres of pasture an all. We stalled him for half the day because he got huge and well, we don't want him to founder. We have since moved my two to a new barn where my mare and gelding are on 3 acres of pasture by themselves. They are pastured 24/7 365 days a year so I no longer have a stall...So, just for precaution I muzzle them for about half the day, from when I feed in the Am to around 2pm when I get out of work. Then, muzzles are off til the Am again when I feed.

Anyway, I can tell my gelding doesn't have as much of a "grass belly" as he did before but would like y'all to critique their weight. I know that the general rule of thumb is that you want to feel the ribs but not be able to see them. I still can't feel my geldings ribs unless I really dig around for them. My mares I can feel quite easily but she has a huge belly. They are both on a regular deworming schedule. I know in some of these pictures you can see my geldings ribs but i think it is a combo of the light reflecting and the crappy quality of these cell phone pictures...

So anyway critique away, my gelding doesn't look nearly as fat in the pictures taken today as he does in person but here ya go..


My gelding..
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My Mare
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post #2 of 10 Old 07-05-2012, 07:13 PM
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Your Gelding looks right for his size, assuming he is 15-16 hands, appaloosa? 1200-1300 lbs He could lose a few "extra" pounds, and use some physical exercise. I would put him in a grazing muzzle and leave it on. He will only eat the top of the grass, and not the roots, the roots hae parasites from poop and feces in the ground. Also Take him out for a daily ride for 30 minutes, trotting will help him lose the extra pounds. But overall he is beautifully built(:

Your mare look like she could lose a little weight, just work her good for 30 minutes a day also, if not more. But she looks about 14-15 hands a good weight size for her, she just has some extra weight.
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post #3 of 10 Old 07-05-2012, 07:16 PM
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I love your mare also by the way, her face is just precious! She looks alot like my Baby, my neighbors pasture mare she lost an eye to a barbed wire fence, and she looks almost twin to your mare except Baby is a bay.
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post #4 of 10 Old 07-05-2012, 07:32 PM
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Both look in good flesh and both have nice, shiny, healthy coats. Well taken care of horses.
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post #5 of 10 Old 07-05-2012, 08:11 PM
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They both look like they are coming along nicely. Personally i like my horses to have a pound or two extra. Now im not talking way over weight or anything. But my gelding looks like the same size weight as yours does. Both look very well taken care of. I love the color of your gelding and nice to see flopsy is coming along as well
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post #6 of 10 Old 07-05-2012, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone! I get paranoid when it comes to my horses weight...

My horses-more specifically my gelding won't eat with the muzzle on. He just stands around and waits for me to come back in the afternoon and take it off. I'm sure he nibbles some but with the muzzle on he just stares at me with big puppy dog eyes an wants me to take it off.

Since we just recently moved barns on Tuesday I haven't worked him yet because he becomes super stressed out easily especially when in a new place so I'll give him a few days and I will start up his excersize routine again. I was lunging him about 4/5 days a week before we moved and same with my mare. She gets ridden about 6 days a week.
I get so paranoid about these horses and when I see them every single day it's so hard to tell if they're loosing or gaining until it becomes too late so I usually have my trainer check them over when we do my lesson on Sundays but she hasn't been to our new place yet so will have to wait till Sunday for that!

Thanks for all the nice compliments!!!
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I think they both look fine, but it's also a matter of opinion,..I like my horses athletic looking, like Thoroughbreds! :)

I am also worried about my own mare's weight, I ride her about 8 hours every other day all week, it's hard maintaining weight, she has a high metabolism.

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I can't see your pictures jewels :/
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Star Buster SNC "Buster"- Haflinger Gelding.
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post #9 of 10 Old 07-06-2012, 03:15 PM
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They both look fine. I think they could both lose a few pounds, but they're not extremely overweight. Their current weight seems pretty healthy, and I wouldn't worry about it.

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post #10 of 10 Old 07-06-2012, 10:29 PM
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I love your appy! He may be a little heavy, but I would rather see that than being too ribby!!
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