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    07-08-2011, 10:33 PM
I still think he is too skinny!

Okay, I'm going to try posting this one more time!
I keep getting told my post will not go through because of text speak. I don't know what that's about.

Ok, My B.O. Told me that my horse is running about 150 pounds over his ideal weight.
I think he could use another 50 to 100 pounds.

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    07-08-2011, 10:35 PM
Never mind me being silly, I wanted to show you a better angled photo.
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    07-08-2011, 11:02 PM
Green Broke
I don't see how a horse showing ribs could be overweight.

There will probably be a few people that prefer them just showing ribs, but I personally don't like to see ribs at all.

I admit I prefer them on the slightly heavier side though.

But I really don't see how someone could say he is overweight. That boggles my mind.

If a horse has a large hay belly, they could be getting too much roughage and not enough nutrition, and/or be wormy (not saying that's your horse, just in general). But horses don't carry fat in their belly like people do. So a large belly doesn't equal overweight.

In horses, you look for weight over the ribs and topline. The ribs suggest to me that he is slightly underweight, not overweight.
    07-08-2011, 11:03 PM
Green Broke
PS. I just noticed in the photo of you riding, your hackamore nose piece is on backwards.
    07-08-2011, 11:07 PM
He looks to be underweight with a worm belly to me.
    07-09-2011, 01:39 AM
He is a touch skinny, he seems to have a good top line, but showing just a little more rib than I would like, but big in the belly. A good worming program and maybe adding a little BOSS or flax to his feed would probably just help him a little.

Overall his weight probably isn't that far off, he just needs it redistributed a little.
    07-09-2011, 02:09 AM
I am aware of the hackamore. It's my B.O.'s until my broken one was fixed, and so I don't screw with it, I've mentioned it to him, but, like I said, it's not mine to fix or mess with. Mine is mended and on correctly :)

And thank you guys for your opinions. I just wormed him again, with the Ivermectin, do you think I should go Quest? I am leery of using it because it is so strong, but I am new to this so please, don't think I am an idiot.

He was done with Quest in March, and I've done the regular Ivermec twice since then. What do you think?

And I agree 100% with being too ribby and it disturbed me to hear over weight, I was like Um, no way. I feel like he is almost emaciated.

I had started him on ProBios a couple of weeks ago but he refused to drink his water when I added them, and so I have been sneaking them in on him 4 times a week when I go out there, but it has only been for the last week to 10 days. My B.O. Upped his hay and I noticed a difference, but we seem to be at a stalemate and I want him to be a bit heavier.

So, what do you think? Should I start just making the trip every day and wrestling him with the ProBios? Or go ahead with a different wormer? Or ... ? Any other suggestions would be great.

P.S. Health and teeth are good, so I really wanna work on him.
Also, we have been working our butts off on the days I go out there, so the vet said that was probably why his weight dropped, but that was...a month/6 weeks ago, shouldn't he be gaining it back by now?
    07-09-2011, 02:17 AM
Green Broke
Try worming him with Zirmectin Gold. I prefer the results over quest.
    07-09-2011, 02:21 AM
OKay, Zirmecterin Gold, got it... also, What is the deal with the BOSS? I've read 2 cups or so each day. Apparently my PC hates me and I cannot do a search for ANYTHING right now, so... I've heard some horror stories about seeds in general, anyone have opinions on these? I would like to try them if I could weigh what risks there might be.
Hating my computer right now!!
    07-09-2011, 03:26 AM
Hi, Yeah, looking at his rump, shoulders & how much ribs are showing, I'd say he could stand to gain a little & seems to have little muscle. Tho in the second pic he looks good, for what can be seen. Hard to say without more pics. I wouldn't worry about your BO's opinion. Perhaps the upside down hack says it all on that front?? Just looking at ribs tho is not accurate - you need to look at the whole horse, as horses can indeed be overweight & still showing their ribs. I personally prefer a horse to be on the lean side(not underweight or skinny of course) rather than too heavy, because as with us, it's healthier than being overweight. In that regard, I think it's important to learn the problems associated with overweight horses, so you can make an informed decision. Safergrass.org is one site which will give you some info on that. Now if I could only get my own boys(and me!) to lose some weight... pity I can't cyber it over to your horse!

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