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  • 1 Post By Annnie31
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    11-03-2011, 07:04 AM
Horses ribs seem to be sticking out a lot.

My new horse has rather pokey outey ribs, I haven't had a good chance to feel/poke them to see if there sore, but my sister felt them and she seemed sore, but then I was pushing rather hard (not meanly) and she did care... also brushed her and she didn't care.

Attached some photo's, 1st photo can't really tell, but kinda can.
2nd photo looks ******ed, but you can see her ribs clearly.
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    11-03-2011, 07:05 AM
Oh sorry - forgot to add that she has had a foal, she's about 6 years old, (foal is now 1) and she is I think a TB WB x 16hh...
    11-03-2011, 07:17 AM
Your post is rather confusing to me. If you are asking if your horse looks thin, then I would say yes, a little. I can't see her ribs in the photos but her hips look thin. Having a foal a year ago doesn't excuse her condition.

I don't know why you are poking her in the ribs to see if she is sore, can you explain that for me?

Since she is your new horse, didn't you notice her condition when you got her?

Bottom line is that I believe she can use some weight and a lot of conditioning.
    11-03-2011, 07:23 AM
Yes I agree, she is a little under weight, she's been sitting in the paddock for her whole life, never rugged or fed, and barely any grass, i've only had her for a week, so still more weight to gain, and muscle to build!

With her ribs, I'm not asking if she looks skinny... the 'last' rib, closest to her hip, sticks out quite a lot, I did notice it before I got her, but I'm wondering if it's anything bad. I mean this area - (circled)
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    11-03-2011, 07:50 AM
She is perfectly fine and she may be a bit sprung in the rib (wider in barrel than some) but I think she will look less like that after she has more weight on her and has developed a top line.
Well Sprung ribs are considered a confirmation flaw that can effect a horses back strength, however I think she will improve considerably as she gains some weight.
Nothing to worry about in my opinion.
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    11-03-2011, 08:16 AM
That makes much more sense, Rains. I agree with Annie that it will look better with some weight and muscle. It's hard to determine what a horse will look like once she is in proper condition - hard to determine what her personality will be like too.
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    11-03-2011, 06:18 PM
Thanks annnie31 (:

And thanks for that iridehorses.
    11-03-2011, 08:54 PM
I don't think she looks necessarily much underweight at all. Agree with others that she lacks muscle. Her hips could possibly look like that due just to lack of muscle but maybe something going on with that pointy sacroiliac area that may benefit from attention?
    11-04-2011, 03:38 AM
I don't think she is looking thin either, but would benefit from conditioning and more muscles.

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