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        06-17-2012, 07:57 AM
    Green Broke
    When I saw the first pic, I had similar thoughts as loosie that the horse had extra weight. Not necessarily overweight but some extra. If I had to give a BSI(body score index), I would say he was a 6. That's not bad, but it could get worse. If the pic is of his winter weight, I absolutely see nothing wrong.

    I don't think loosie was trying to downgrade you about the care you give. You did ask for help and advice.

    To me, the second pic shows a healthier weight. I will admit that our horses are more like the first pic but we don't work them much. So I don't think you are a poor caregiver. If you were, you wouldn't be on here asking for help.
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        06-17-2012, 11:08 PM
    Originally Posted by usandpets    
    horse had extra weight. Not necessarily overweight but some extra.
    Scratching head at the meaning of extra v's over??
        06-17-2012, 11:28 PM
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    Originally Posted by mathensa    
    LOL I was going to start listening to you until I read that. You think he needs to LOSE? REALLY? He is a 15.2 QH.
    I do not work him hard. At all. He is a baby and I'm aware of that. I'm all about the well being of my horse and I'm not the type who owns a horse just for show. Okay? I work him as in I keep him active and in shape. Geez.

    This is him the other day. He is starting to build muscle.

    I came on here to get ideas on what it could be. Not to be downgraded for the care I have given my horse. Loosie. What do you feed YOUR horse(s)? I'd really like to know. And I'd like to see pictures since you seem to know so much. :]
    Did you seriously get that angry?
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        06-18-2012, 12:32 AM
    Green Broke
    Do you know how much feed your horse is getting? Sweet feed is often fed in really large quantities (upwards of 15 lbs/day in some cases!). If that's the case for your horse, he may just be getting full.

    I'd agree with the other comments that it doesn't look like he needs to gain weight anymore, so save your money and don't get any more Cool Calories

    Sweet feed definitely isn't high on my list of favorite horse feeds, but if that's what your barn feeds you may not have much of a choice in the matter, depending on their policy on customized feeding plans and/or your personal finances. I prefer ration balancers to grain in most cases (I feed my horse Triple Crown 30% Supplement), but there are a number of good grains out there as well- I hear very positive things about both Safe Choice and Life Design from those who use them.
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        06-18-2012, 12:54 AM
    Be interested to hear your view after subsequent posts & time to settle down & think about it, OP?
        06-18-2012, 01:18 AM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by loosie    
    Scratching head at the meaning of extra v's over??
    A horse that has a score of 7, 8 or 9 would be "overweight". A horse with a score of 6 would have extra or just be slightly overweight. A score of 5 is optimal. Personally, a score of 6 is alright for winter weight, especially for horses outdoors 24/7.

    Just like for us. If we are 10 to 20 lbs over our ideal weight. We have extra weight but not necessarily would be called overweight. If we were 50+ lbs over, then that would be overweight.
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        06-18-2012, 02:49 AM
    Splitting hairs IOW usand?? I wouldn't call a bodyscore of 8-9 overweight either... I'd call that obese.
        06-28-2012, 08:45 PM
    The first picture looks like a fat horse to me. The second is better, but agree he doesn't need sweet feed. It is not good for any horse, especially a young horse, to be overweight.

    I'm blunt about my own mare too, btw. People tend to be blunt regarding horses and their weight where I live. Nobody wants to risk laminitis...

    My mare has no cereals/grain in her diet any more. She doesn't need it. Even when I was feeding it I only gave a small amount per day mixed with a non molassed chaff to bulk it out. Now she is on 24/7 grazing, with a very small feed of soaked alfalfa beet and chaff with balancer through it in the evenings. Haylage or hay in winter in addition to the grass.
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        08-10-2012, 09:25 PM
    Ah, I totally forgot about this post... lol.
    I knew people were going to snap back at me. Gotta love forums! No idea why I get on here and ask.... there's always negative feedback towards a new horse owner who is only trying to figure out everything! (me D:) Anyway!

    Now I see too what you meant by being a 'little' over weight. The skin lines. Hm.
    I did get kinda grumpy and defensive, lol. I'm the kind of person who freaks out if I'm doing anything wrong. I couldn't believe someone would say he needed to lose weight when I had a hard time keeping weight on him during the winter! When I got him in november he was already ribby and out of shape.
    But thanks anyway for the advice and knowledge.
        08-10-2012, 09:26 PM
    Originally Posted by loosie    
    Be interested to hear your view after subsequent posts & time to settle down & think about it, OP?
    Is this towards me? -.- feels good to have so many 'buddies' behind you huh?

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