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    11-11-2009, 10:11 PM
How does he look weight wise?

Happy was a slaughter rescue from March. He is a 10 yr old Saddlebred (I think he is a cross, but since he came from the Amish and they are not much for crosses, maybe not).
He is about 16.1 hh and 1150 lbs according to the weight tape.

We feed 2 scoops strategy and 1 scoop rice bran twice a day and about 40 lbs of hay daily.
He is currently stalled except for short turn outs in the round pen when the weather permits, while we fix our fence, and that might be contributing to his overall condition - as he is happiest, as most are, on 24/7 turn out - and so he has lost overall muscle from being up.

Anyway, I can't feel ribs at all through his coat, but he just looks too thin to me, or am I just wanting plump when he is at an okay weight?

His teeth were just done and he does not need wormed and is healthy all around according to our vet. The vet wasn't concerned about his weight, but said he'd callhim a 4 on the body score scale a month ago, but he is a big rounder since then as we upped the hay.

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    11-11-2009, 10:15 PM
I think he looks fine weight-wise, but he could use a fair bit of muscle along his hindquarters and topline. I think that's what you're seeing.
    11-11-2009, 10:16 PM
I think he looks okay weight wise for nutritional aspects, it wouldn't hurt him to be a little bit fatter but he is a long way from starvation ;). What he could use more of is some muscle. He is a pretty boy.
    11-11-2009, 11:32 PM
Yes, I think that is what I'm seeing in all of the horses right now - a lack of muscle in the topline from being stall the past 6-8 weeks with little turnout until we get fence finished. We have 20 acres for them to roam, and we just need to connect the last end, but shew, it is rough work. Lol.
    11-11-2009, 11:40 PM
I agree with the others, he just needs muscle to look more healthy. :) I bet he will really enjoy that 20 acres, and it will help him look better for you.
    11-15-2009, 12:15 PM
Deffinitely needs some muscle along his back and hindquarters, poss on his neck too, but weight wise he is fine, I think that's why you think he is underweight, you ccan build this muscle up just by long reining or stretching. He's got a nice fluffy coat and lookshappy though and that's all that matters!!! He's really pretty.
    11-15-2009, 02:55 PM
All he really needs is a topline and some muscle tone, but weight wise, he looks fine to me.

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