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post #1 of 9 Old 05-18-2014, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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Help with telling if they are overweight.

I'm awful with horse weight. I tend to like my ponies nice and plump but I know its not exactly healthy for them. Its also hard with seeing them everyday to tell if they are gaining weight. So I need an unbiased eye.

They all need muscle. I broke my arm this Winter and none of them got ridden to the degree they needed.

First up. Harley. 10 year old Paint.






Star: 6 year old Quarab.




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post #2 of 9 Old 05-19-2014, 07:28 AM
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Hi, look up the henneke scale. 4-5 on that scale is generally considered ideal. You need to consider the whole body & different areas, not just whether they're 'showing any rib'. Depending how they carry their weight, how they're standing, they can be overweight & still show some rib.

From those pics, it's hard to really say, looks like fluffy coats too, but I'd be guessing Harley's overweight some, but not terribly at all, your mare is maybe a little overweight & your youngster is a good weight. They all look pretty good & not really fat, but I'd be trying to ensure Harley & the mare didn't gain any.
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I agree with Loosie. The first one seems a bit plump. The roan looks about right. And the 2 year old looks very good.

Although...Who am I to talk. I grow them fat at my place.

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Yeah, my thinnest is probably slightly more than Harley too...
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If these were my horses after a winter of not working, I would overall be pleased with their general condition and think they were in a good place to start working and building muscle again.
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Thanks guys. They are off grain as soon as the grass starts coming in and are going on Balance instead so see if that helps a bit. I had a founder scare with my other mare and my vet told me she was 200lbs overweight. I was so surprised. I like my horses fat and I did consider her a little over but not that much! So I wnated to make sure the others were good.
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post #7 of 9 Old 05-24-2014, 03:38 AM
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Yeah, it's as much about retaining a bit of excess weight long term as getting seriously obese too, but also mineral imbalance is strongly associated with 'laminitis prone' & IR.
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Angry Help??

I'm super sorry,not trying to hijack anyone's post,but I can't seem to figure out How to post my own, I have a 24year old horse was give to me as a rescues/gift and she seems to dropping in weight everyday! I feed her 3:times daily, 2 feed,and 1fruit bowl, and she eats hay and grass all day,I'm super concerned about this and any advice to put it back on would greatly be welcomed
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I'm super sorry,not trying to hijack anyone's post,but I can't seem to figure out How to post my own, I have a 24year old horse was give to me as a rescues/gift and she seems to dropping in weight everyday! I feed her 3:times daily, 2 feed,and 1fruit bowl, and she eats hay and grass all day,I'm super concerned about this and any advice to put it back on would greatly be welcomed
To post you can go to the horse forums tap on top of page then go to horse health tap. At the top of the threads listed at the bottom of the page is a tap for new threads. You should be able to post a new thread there. I hope this helps.
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