Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Sevierville, TN
The best way to tell if your horse is getting metabolically fat IMO is to palpate his body critically. I first look at the crest of the horse as its a dead giveaway most of the time once you know what to look for. A metabolic horse will start getting a hard, firm and often lumpy crest. When that happens, its well past time for a diet. A normal crest will still have a bit of fat to it and will have a slight arch to it, but it will be smooth appearing, softer feeling and flow with the horse. This is just in general. There are always exceptions such as with older stallions.
Also, tail head fat is telltale - look and feel around the tail head and the point of the buttocks. If it is looking lumpy or bulgy, time for a diet.
Also feel for ribs. It is typically desirable to be able to feel them slightly through the hair but not see them. There are exceptions to this also. Harder to tell when the horse is in winter coat. If you cinch up and there is a definite fat roll in front of and behind the cinch, horse is probably a bit of a porker ;)
So in the end you really gotta get your hands on the horse and grade the areas of his body and see what the horse generally looks like. I see what looks like a thick made stock horse type that has a thick winter coat. Looks a bit out of shape and like regular riding would do alot for him. Agree with the hay comment. He might be a bit fat in the new pictures. Only you can really tell. He really has a thick stock horse look to him so IMO its hard to tell without getting a hand on them. Some of them get wide necks and not so much a crest. His butt doesnt look fat to me at all but his front end looks a bit heavy.
Id certainly look for Triple Crown. It can fill alot of holes. We also have alot of poor grass hay here so I understand the situation. You just gotta read everything you can get your hands on and really look critically at his feet. Get opinions and read read read. Don't take anyone's word as the gospel till you weight it and measure it yourself. I don't care how long they have been doing it. People often do things exactly wrong for alot of years ;)
Married to my One! 10-11-13 Steampunk style:)
Last edited by Trinity3205; 03-12-2013 at 05:39 PM.