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post #1 of 16 Old 10-05-2013, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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Body Score?

Just curious about what you guys would give this mare as far as body score goes.
The vet's cleared her as far as health problems. She's just been neglected.

She's a 6 or so year old TWH.

These are the most recent photos I have of her




And here's an extra just because her pretty face.
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Just curious about what you guys would give this mare as far as body score goes.
The vet's cleared her as far as health problems. She's just been neglected.

She's a 6 or so year old TWH.

These are the most recent photos I have of her




And here's an extra just because her pretty face.
She's underweight, but not emaciated yet. On a 1 - 10 scale where 6 is text book perfect I'd say she's at best a 4, maybe 4- (or 3 on a 1-9 with 5 as perfect) If her height is in the area of 16 hands I'd say she should put on 200 lbs and then a reassessment to see where she's at then.
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http://www.admani.com/horse/Equine%2...%20scoring.pdf

Based on the above information, I'd score her a 3-3.5.

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post #4 of 16 Old 10-06-2013, 03:39 PM
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oh my...somebody needs groceries! But it looks like she'll be gorgeous once she actually has some meat on her bones!
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3.5, be gorgeous once she has some weight on her!
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Obviously needing more weight, but I can't help thinking people are looking mostly at her hind end when they say '3'(assuming we're using the Henneke or equiv. Scale). I'd say 4 on that scale & her hind end needs attention from a bodyworker. She looks uncomfortable in the HQ. Hooves are also crying for some good care. New horse for you?
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She is weedy on the hindend but she is ribby as well, I don't like seeing that. I agree with Loosie, she needs some bodycare and farrier work.

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I agree with a "4" and agree she needs a good hoof trimming

Her coat is slick so she's not unhealthy, just needing some more groceries.

As an FYI Tennessee Walkers are on the "Predisposed List" for insulin issues. Don't fatten her up too fast and don't use sweet feed or a lot of grain to do it

Does she have Generator on her papers?

They are noted for having high hip bones literally forever unless you plump them up to where they're too fat

I know because I have one who, structurally, looked like her when was six, just not that thin. He's a sorrel but bodywise, is built just like this pretty lady

He used to be a hard horse to keep weight on him but he's now 19+ years and has gone the other way ---- I'd be happy to see those high hip bones again.

She is a beauty
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post #9 of 16 Old 10-08-2013, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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If her height is in the area of 16 hands I'd say she should put on 200 lbs and then a reassessment to see where she's at then.
She's 16 on the dot.


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Based on the above information, I'd score her a 3-3.5.
That's very helpful!



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New horse for you?
She's currently at the barn where I ride. Hopefully she will be coming to live with me here in the next couple of months as soon as I get the property fixed up and the loft filled with hay. I haven't owned a horse in many moons but she's 'the one' so I'm excited as can be.



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Does she have Generator on her papers?
I've never seen them (not sure if she has any at all really) so I don't know. I'd freak if she did though.
I expect her to always be a narrow, generally slender gal, but I sure would like to see her start gaining some fat I can turn into muscle.
And yes her feet aggravate the snot outta me. Going to get those fixed pronto.


Thanks for all your help, guys. She's not going to be my first horse, but all the horses I had in the past were in much better body condition.

I had her out doing a little groundwork today, mostly getting her to stand still and be patient with me. I had to take the time to notice how much she is filling out around her hips now. (my camera's dead). The temp's dropping so she's layering on the hair but I love touching her and not feeling bones everywhere.

Off topic but she did great today. Worked off of verbal commands like I asked for, waited very patiently while I talked to people. Let me aggravate her a little. I introduced her to a noise-making hula hoop which didn't phase her a bit. On our way back to her pasture she pushed the gate open with her nose and once the halter was off and she was a safe distance from me she fell into bucking and galloping. She definitely feels good.


These are several shots from when I first met her up until a couple weeks ago showing her changes (going 1 2 v 3 4 v 5 6)
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Wanted to give a bit of an update on this here.
This is what she looks like now.



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