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        01-14-2011, 07:44 PM
    Thanks everyone! I am encouraged that most think his weight is pretty good....I may just be paranoid after seeing him at his worst (think at least 100 lbs. Less when I got him)

    I was at the barn today and if I lightly run my hand along his side, I can't feel ribs. I have to press fairly firm to feel them so that is good news. I upped his soaked alfalfa by a pound and will watch him closely to make sure he doesn't lose anymore. I think he is borderline. Hard to work on building muscle in winter as the ground has been frozen for days. I can trailer to an indoor about once a week but we haven't done our hills/trails in a bit.

    Do trot poles work the back? We did some of those today.
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        01-14-2011, 11:16 PM
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        01-14-2011, 11:29 PM
    Originally Posted by tpup    
    I was at the barn today and if I lightly run my hand along his side, I can't feel ribs. I have to press fairly firm to feel them so that is good news. I upped his soaked alfalfa by a pound and will watch him closely to make sure he doesn't lose anymore.
    Of course you don't want his ribs hanging out, and he doesn't look the other way either, but still if it's hard to feel his ribs, it's not generally that good news, as it often means they're over weight, which is actually more of a health risk than being a bit light on.

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