Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel
I'm actually looking at the fat pockets behind her front legs, and the tail head. For 16 months I think she is overweight. Doesn't matter how stout she is or going to be, it will put extra stress on her joints.
To me that is more of a worry than her conformation currently (since she's so young it'll change over time)
You confirm that I am not crazy. I two feel she is overweight, but I am puzzled why the vet who I have used for 12+ years did not mention anything about fat pockets. She spent 30 mins looking her over from top to bottom. Checked each leg from top to bottom, her underbelly, everywhere. I know they are big on getting after owners with overweight and underweight horses as my mother uses them also and she has a haffie cross that came to her very overweight his face was even puffy looking.
The vet is coming out again in 3 weeks for a minor hoof issue with my Saddlebred to check the progress. I am going to have her go over April again. I know overweight horses can be worse than an underweight horse.
Now for suggestions as to get some of the weight off. Like I said she only gets hay and it is not free choice. I can do one of two things get some slow feeders for the hay or keep her in the stall for an extra 1/2 hour so the two adults can eat a bit more of the hay.