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    07-30-2012, 08:26 PM
Originally Posted by waresbear    
If you look, she is not all gaunt up in the stomach area either, she has something wrong other than lack of food. She is getting food but something, either bad teeth or parasites are robbing her of the nutrients in that food.

I would agree with this however I also don't buy that that's a 20yo mare...
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    07-30-2012, 08:53 PM
In response to all the "well she is older..." responses:
GAH!!!!!!! She is not thin because she's 20 - she's thin due to something other than her age. Being older is NO excuse for being thin. She may require more maintenance now, but there's no reason for age to equate to being thin.
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    07-30-2012, 08:57 PM
Originally Posted by Taffy Clayton    
This mare is more than a little on the thin side.
Perhaps, but without more info, who knows?? Perhaps it's lack of food, ulcers, nutrition, a body problem... perhaps she's coming back from illness, whatever. Agree with DressageIt re age - not that 20yo is old anyway. Curious Ashley why you 'don't buy' the horse is 20yo??
    07-31-2012, 08:02 PM
You can see her spine. Being 20 is no excuse for that, I know horses in their 30s that look 10x healthier. Not just weight, but general health. If it is indeed tooth problems or parasites, then they should be getting it fixed as best as possible, not just leaving it.

I don't know what a rescue can do in this case. If she wasn't for sale, then yes, I'd call a rescue. But because she's for sale, she's potentially going to a new home, and hopefully a better one.

If anything, maybe contact a rescue and just ask for some advice, maybe see if they know of any experienced horsey folk looking for a rehab project.
    07-31-2012, 09:00 PM
This horse isn't just a "little on the thin side". Not only can you see her ribs, but she has other marks of an emaciated horse. Her withers, for one, which you could just say was the individual horse or her age, and that might be right. But look at her butt, and the view of her from the front. Her bones are very obvious. Whether it is parasites, or whatever, the owner should be taking care of it. To me, this doesn't look like an older horse who maybe is hard to keep weight on, this looks like a horse who just isn't getting enough- or something is stopping her from- getting the correct nutrition.

Personally, I think I would call.
    07-31-2012, 09:21 PM
While I agree that she shouldn't be in the condition that she is, perhaps the owners are or have been hit with the same crappy economy that everyone else has and simply have had to choose between the horse expense and putting food on their family's table. Does it suck? Yes, but at least they are making an effort to get it a new home. Not making excuses for them, but we don't have all the facts.
    07-31-2012, 09:37 PM
If it is a tooth problem it doesnt matter if she in a field like that or not.... My friends gelding is missing teeth and can't eat any grass or hay..Just can't swallow it down. I don't know that mare seems really thin to me. 20 isnt old and all it would take is some grocerys and probably some learning to the owners who don't see anything wrong. And no one in their right mind would ride that mare in the condition she is in "and put on all those miles"

OP I would contact the seller and ask if she know of any health problems she may have to lead her to look like that, not in a rude manner but it would help you decide if A) contact somebody or B) leave it
    07-31-2012, 09:38 PM
My arab gelding is 42 and has more meat on his bones then that(although not much more) I would guess this horse is in need of a float and senior feed. Arabians are generally hardy, long lived horses. I bet with a good diet and tooth care this horse would be great riding partner. If I were closer and had money for another horse I would snatch her up.
    07-31-2012, 10:01 PM
I don't like to see horses like this, but I also don't like to assume (the whole a$$, you, and me thing). And I really dislike it when people respond to ads like these with half-cocked emotional responses that either A - Results in the ad getting deleted or B - The owner deletes is and yanks said horse to a meat auction because they are tired of hate mail. All that does is hurt the horse.

I don't know if this mare has any health concerns that could equate to her being thing - tooth absess, ulcer, change of location, selling her buddy, etc. I have an older mare people would be sad to see, but she's fighting an infection after delivering a still born. She'll get better, but right now she looks rough. I'm not starving her or anything of the sort. So I won't say. I don't like it, but I don't know the history so I'm not willing to judge.
    07-31-2012, 10:04 PM
I say no. She looks as if she has a malabsorption problem. That could be due to lots of things, current parasites, previous parasite damage, intestinal damage from long term bute, etc. I have a mare like this. That being said, we still ride. Ans the vet has cleared her as healthy otherwise. She said she may never gain any more than that, but its still ok for light riding.
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