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    12-16-2012, 12:33 AM
  #1
Weanling
Is he too skinny?

Now, I've had Luca for about 3 and a half months and when I got him he was skinny as. So, now I just wanna know how he looks like now. Is he still too skinny or just a little bit? Or does he just need more muscling?

From the side. He looks worst on that angle
http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/...psd824c4f9.jpg

Back
http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/...psf4b62d03.jpg

And side on
http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/...ps3469ce0c.jpg

Actually, he has his good amd bad days....sometimes he looks just fine and sometimes a bit skinnier. Weird. Well, the pics are from a 'bad day' rather...
Oh and he just got wormed.
     
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    12-16-2012, 12:42 AM
  #2
Started
Not skinny in my eyes but definitely lacking muscle tone in the hindquarters and neck and could do with a little more weight. Coat looks good and healthy though - that's generally the first thing to deteriorate if a horse isn't getting enough feed.
     
    12-16-2012, 01:03 AM
  #3
Yearling
Looks fine. Lacking muscle, but not a starving horse.
     
    12-16-2012, 02:04 AM
  #4
Weanling
Doesn't look skinny to me either. What breed is he?
The vet says my mare is just perfect, but I keep thinking she should be fatter because she's a standardbred and I still want her to have a big ole quarter horse butt :)
He looks good!
     
    12-16-2012, 05:22 PM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by oobiedoo    
Doesn't look skinny to me either. What breed is he?
The vet says my mare is just perfect, but I keep thinking she should be fatter because she's a standardbred and I still want her to have a big ole quarter horse butt :)
He looks good!
My horse is a Standardbred, too! I think he just need more muscle tone! Yep, and now I have loads of time to exercise him.
     
    12-16-2012, 05:25 PM
  #6
twp
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He looks good to me! My bestie had a horse that was a hard keeper, one day he would be skinny looking, and the next he would be "normal"..
Is he a tall horse?
     
    12-16-2012, 06:34 PM
  #7
Weanling
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Originally Posted by twp    
He looks good to me! My bestie had a horse that was a hard keeper, one day he would be skinny looking, and the next he would be "normal"..
Is he a tall horse?
He's 16 hh.
     
    12-16-2012, 07:28 PM
  #8
Weanling
He looks pretty good to me, but I agree he needs muscle on his neck and hindquarters. What does he eat? How often do you work with him?

My OTTB has problems keeping weight on too, he has the same good day/bad day issues. We had a bad drought where I live this summer, so the grass was basically non existent and he looked like a rack of bones with skin draped over. I started paying extra for good quality hay and I switched his feed over to a low sugar/high fat grain. Also, I upped his exercise routine to help him gain more muscle. I started riding him through the hilly fields next door, slow and steady at first, but we worked up to a canter over the summer. He looks tons better now.
     
    12-17-2012, 12:15 AM
  #9
Trained
Ditto others, he's looking a good weight. If he's a standy that's raced, he may always have sticking out hips, regardless of weight or muscle, legacy of his racing days.
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    12-17-2012, 02:44 AM
  #10
twp
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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher5    
He's 16 hh.
My friend's Anglo Arab was 16.2hh, but had that same build.. Is he very active?
     

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