Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Washington State
I'm concerned, though I'm not sure whether I should be. Our TB/Dutch Warmblood/Selle Francais/Hanoverian mare will be 17 years old soon. She's always been a bit of a tough keeper weight-wise, and I've always dreaded her getting older because I knew it would only get harder to keep her looking full and healthy.
Just last night I was scrutinizing her and have come to the conclusion that her haunches are starting to hollow out on the sides. I can feel her knobby hips pretty easily when I press on them. I don't feel that this is due to her being underweight however, as her ribs are not at all visible.
My biggest question is, can this be reversed? Is it a matter of her not getting enough work, or is it just a part of her getting older? I fear that she's going to be one of those older horses that is skeletal despite our shoving massive amounts of hay/alfalfa/beet pulp/supplements down her throat.