Originally Posted by Charley horse
What do you think of my Charley does he need to gain more or loose???
I've been working and feeding to put weight on I've had him since last August so 8 months now! Yippee!!
He started out at 945lbs for a 16.3hh 4yr old gelding to now measured w/a tape weighing in at 1135lbs...I always just thought in my head he would look great at 1200 but now I am not so sure what do you think???
He is going to get some riding time in this spring and summer he is still a new to me family member and hasnt been ridden much I mainly been doing ground work w/him. Oh and almost forgot to mention he's a Appaloosa pure for the breed.
Horses are like people and can put on weight in different areas as well as all over.
Neck looks good (didn't notice any cresting)
Rump looks good (no crease or ridge) nice and even.
Doesn't appear to be carring an excess around the middle. No sign of ribs, but you should be able to feel them if you run your hand along the side. If you have to press much to feel them then he's carrying a little weight there, but he won't be carrying much. Looks pretty good in the photo.
I'd say he's at a good weight now. Wouldn't want to put any more weight on him. Keep in where he is. Rule of thumb it's better to be 100 lbs lighter than perfect rather than 100 lbs heavier than perfect.