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post #1 of 23 Old 07-02-2010, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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Is He Too Skinny?

My 7 year old TN Walker (Spirit) and I moved to a new barn 3 days ago, and one of the ladies at the barn told me that he was a kinda skinny and needed to gain some weight. She said he needs to gain about 100 pounds. Does that sound right?? Does he look skinny to you guys?

Here he is. Picture him 250 pounds less and you'll know where we started.
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post #2 of 23 Old 07-02-2010, 07:43 PM
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He doesn't look skinny at all to me. I can't see any ribs nor any points like the hips or spine. He just looks very fit. Plus, TWH have kindof a different body shape and though he may appear to be thin at first glance, it is simply because his barrel isn't very big around.
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post #3 of 23 Old 07-02-2010, 07:52 PM
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He looks like a *REAL* walker to me. Not this half crazy cross breed tennesee churns out...but what the breed was intended to be. A refined looking horse with a calm, comfortable gait. Hes a real looker. It looks like you keep him pretty fit for riding and thats a good thing. It just makes people who dont keep their horses ridden regularly think that your horse is thin...if that makes any sense. Keep up the good work.
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post #4 of 23 Old 07-02-2010, 07:52 PM
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I think he looks pretty ideal.

Most TWHs in shows around here look about like that (maybe just a little bigger), but like Smrobs said, there are no signs of him being underweight.

He's gorgeous, by the way!

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post #5 of 23 Old 07-02-2010, 08:09 PM
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Another 100# might not hurt, but I personally think he looks good. He has a prominent wither, so I think that makes him look skinnier than he is. You can't see ribs. He's a gorgeous horse!
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post #6 of 23 Old 07-02-2010, 08:09 PM
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I think he looks perfect-- gorgeous too.
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post #7 of 23 Old 07-02-2010, 08:12 PM
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If thats a thin horse, I'm a leprechaun.

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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post #8 of 23 Old 07-02-2010, 08:18 PM
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Not at all... he looks fit! I think the lady might be confusing him for a Halter bred QH?
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post #9 of 23 Old 07-02-2010, 08:26 PM
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Originally Posted by draftrider View Post
If thats a thin horse, I'm a leprechaun.

They're always after me lucky charms LOL.
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post #10 of 23 Old 07-02-2010, 10:53 PM
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He's in fantastic shape! I wouldn't want to see him LOSE any weight, but I think 100lbs may be a stretch. If you can keep him in this place, he looks fantastic! I know the difference of 100lbs on my little Arab (with much the same body type) is the difference between skinny and obese - 100lbs may not matter on a 1500 pound Draft, but on a smaller horse that's quite a bit and it would make him overweight.

MAYBE 50 pounds if you want to be really picky. He looks ideal to me!

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