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post #1 of 16 Old 12-02-2012, 08:09 AM Thread Starter
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Question My 11 yr old is too thin

Ok, equine peeps/FRIENDS: Faith is still pretty thin. Granted, I JUST started riding her a bit more, so I'm hoping that will help build muscle..... but she needs MORE. She's about 11 years old and LIGHTLY/OCCASIONALLY ridden. I DO run her (when I can) sometimes, but she's def not a rodeo horse. Just needs bulking up.

She was wormed a few days ago. Even after we've wormed her before..nothing.

I know there are HUNDREDS of feed, vitamins, supplements, etc. out there but I don't want to give her the "incorrect" dosage.

She's about 11yo, 15h and only about 800 pounds from my guesstimate.

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post #2 of 16 Old 12-02-2012, 08:25 AM
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Is it possible to:

1. Tell us what you're currently feeding and the amounts

2. Post a picture. She is starving to death if she weighs 800 lbs and is 15H It isn't easy to guess a horses weight and weight tapes aren't always that accurate either

My Arab is 13.3H, weighs 840 lbs and he is ribby
My 14.3H TWH weighs ~950 and he is on the slightly ribby side.

3. Everyone will also ask the "teeth" question. Has the vet checked her teeth recently? Generally a horse will drop food when teeth are an issue but that isn't always the case
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Oh my..I didn't think to post this info!! Thank you!

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Is it possible to:

1. Tell us what you're currently feeding and the amounts
**I'll see what Michelle has changed to (Faith stays @ her place since we live in the city limits)

2. Post a picture. She is starving to death if she weighs 800 lbs and is 15H It isn't easy to guess a horses weight and weight tapes aren't always that accurate either
**She COULD weigh more, but I'm comparing the 1000-1100 pounds she HAS been. Up until the drought hit us. Not blaming that NOW...just trying to see what I need to do. I just like her more "fat" - FULL.

My Arab is 13.3H, weighs 840 lbs and he is ribby
My 14.3H TWH weighs ~950 and he is on the slightly ribby side.
**She's just TOO ribby for my liking - moreso, her behind and chest are narrow. I think they should be broad (FULL). Just IMO & seeing other horses.

3. Everyone will also ask the "teeth" question. Has the vet checked her teeth recently? Generally a horse will drop food when teeth are an issue but that isn't always the case
**Had her teeth checked a couple of months ago - all good (so far).

Here IS one from last night. My husband took this. He's 6' tall, so I always tell him to lower the camera when he's taking pics of Faith or any of US!
However, I think you can see how narrow she looks. She'd been ridden quite a bit before this parade.
PS: How do I shrink down pics? Can I put height/width in the html code? My photos are too big on here & I don't always want them smaller, originally.

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OK!!
She's getting 16% protein 7% fat with rice bran and all the hay she can eat.
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From that picture she looks at a good weight. Any other recent pictures from the side/back/front?
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I DO look at other horses in the area (I drive a lot at work)...seems this thinness is not very uncommon. Not sure what's going on, if anything. Anyway, I'm committed to help her.

Albeit, she's pretty much been a pasture horse & not worked much at all.

Since my health is better now, after many years of not-so-much (different chapter, altogether)...I'll be able to work her more. At least till it gets TOO cold. Then, we'll hit it again. Thankfully, we only have a couple, maybe 3, months of actual COLD weather!! LOL
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From that picture she looks at a good weight. Any other recent pictures from the side/back/front?
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Good idea, too....
I'll see what I can get done asap.

Thank you all so much for your help.
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I DO look at other horses in the area (I drive a lot at work)...seems this thinness is not very uncommon. Not sure what's going on, if anything. Anyway, I'm committed to help her.

Albeit, she's pretty much been a pasture horse & not worked much at all.

Since my health is better now, after many years of not-so-much (different chapter, altogether)...I'll be able to work her more. At least till it gets TOO cold. Then, we'll hit it again. Thankfully, we only have a couple, maybe 3, months of actual COLD weather!! LOL
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OK...here's some pretty good advice I got from an equine buddy/elder on my FB:
"Senior feed has too much sugar
Stay away from the sweet
Oats is excellent
Bryant makes a pellet that is 12.5 that's what I use when I need to beef em up
Otherwise its just 12.0% pellet
Notice I never use sweet pellet"

Anything else y'all might know?
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I agree, from the front, she looks to be in good weight.

There's a bunch of us on this forum with horses that have serious metabolic issues. We have gone from Liking them Plump to attempting to keep our horses just into the ribby side.

I hope this link opens for you. It's a link that shows horse owners how to measure their horse's Body Condition Score.

Stockier, raw-boned horses will naturally carry more weight than a slender athletic built horse of the same height, so this body scoring method is a better tool than just using weight alone

It's by a vet from the University of Kentucky. While Dr. Coleman likes to see most horses in a 5 - 6 category, as the owner to two horses with insulin issues, I prefer to have them lower. I am succeeding in keeping one at a low 5, the other is almost a six.

What's Your Horse's Body Condition Score? | Video | TheHorse.com

There are also some excellent links on this page that talk about health issues that can result from horses being over weight.

You can also Google "scoring a horse's body condition and get some credible written hits, that you can print off, if you'd like.

Hopefully the barn owner isn't feeding sweet feed. Rice bran is great to add cool energy fat calories, as long as it's calcium fortified. Rice bran won't amp a horse up.

Grass hay is great

I'll bet when you post a side-view of your mare, none of us will think she's skinny

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