Is this horse underweight?

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        09-26-2013, 08:16 PM
    Is this horse underweight?

    Hi folks,

    So today a new horse arrived at our barn. Now, he's a rescue from a situation where they were not feeding him or paying any attention to him whatsoever.

    I did not see his prior situation, but my mother did. According to her, he was in a pasture without grass, was not grained, and did not have hay. Apparently he had also eaten his wooden lean-to so far down that it was basically a skeleton of a building.

    My question is, in your opinions, does this horse look underweight to you? And if so, how underweight?

    My mother says he's about 350 lbs underweight but I've heard others say he's at a healthy weight. We have the vet coming out to see him tomorrow so then we'll know for sure. Until then, I figured I'd just ask you all.

    I'm just curious about your view of him.

    He's 10 years old and is 16 hh.
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        09-26-2013, 08:22 PM
    Yep he's under weight. Good thing you got vet coming to see him.
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        09-26-2013, 08:40 PM
    IMO 350 is maybe still going to leave him thin. I give him about a 1.5 on the BCS
        09-26-2013, 08:49 PM
    Green Broke
    He is definitely underweight, and no, not at a healthy weight. Very wise to have the vet come out and assess him - he's lucky to be in your care now :)
        09-26-2013, 08:51 PM
    He is very thin but how thin could depend on how tall he is and what breed he is.
        09-26-2013, 08:52 PM
    Oh wow I don't see how anyone could say that is healthy for him... he definitely needs to gain some weight
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        09-26-2013, 08:55 PM
    Originally Posted by churumbeque    
    He is very thin but how thin could depend on how tall he is and what breed he is.
    He's 16 hands and I would assume he's a quarter horse.
        09-26-2013, 08:55 PM
    That's a skinny horse, period.
        09-26-2013, 10:21 PM
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    Whoever thinks this poor guy is at a good weight needs to have their entire skeleton showing and let us know how they feel...poor guy. I'm surprised he's so alert in the photo. Horses are resilient creatures!
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        09-26-2013, 11:01 PM
    Yeah, he's a skinny boy. Whoever is saying he is a healthy weight needs to get their head checked.

    I'm glad he is in your care and that the vet will be coming out soon. Keep us updated on him!
    ForeverSunRider likes this.

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