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        03-28-2013, 12:22 PM
      #31
    Trained
    Rephrase that. They should be fed so they don't need them. Probiotics put something n that's missing due to diet, medications etc.
         
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        03-28-2013, 12:28 PM
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    Green Broke
    Ha I ment as in the dosing guide seems to put less in a horse than the human version.
         
        03-28-2013, 12:36 PM
      #33
    Green Broke
    Sorry if this has been said already I didn't read through the whole thread yet, but, what people forget is that horses do not gain like humans do. They do not get a fat belly and that's that. They gain it in their fat pads on back and neck and such. So I would say that a belly does not necessarily mean fat.

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        03-28-2013, 12:46 PM
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    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by nvr2many    
    Sorry if this has been said already I didn't read through the whole thread yet, but, what people forget is that horses do not gain like humans do. They do not get a fat belly and that's that. They gain it in their fat pads on back and neck and such. So I would say that a belly does not necessarily mean fat.

    Lol yes if only humans weight got dispearsed like a horses. But like I said I really have to push to feel ribs. If you just run your hand over her you can't feel them. She has gained significantly in the shoulder and her neck looks huge to me. Now in the pictures it doesn't look bad because she usually has her head turned in a funky way.
         
        03-28-2013, 12:54 PM
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    Green Broke
    ^^^^ OMG, I just got a visual of a human gaining in those areas, lol. Not sure I would like that either, lol.
         
        03-28-2013, 12:58 PM
      #36
    Green Broke
    Lol well yea those specific areas would be bad but just like all over. But then again if a horse gained evenly through his legs, arms, belly and all I suppose they would look mightly ugly lol.
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        03-28-2013, 01:00 PM
      #37
    Weanling
    PS She is really cute
         
        03-28-2013, 01:01 PM
      #38
    Green Broke
    Very cute!
         
        03-28-2013, 01:05 PM
      #39
    Green Broke
    Thank you, she knows it and uses it to her advantage. She can really put on the puppy dog eyes and look pouty, it always gets her scratches. Now I was teaching her to give kisses for carrots when she was stuck in her stall lol.
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        03-28-2013, 03:18 PM
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    Originally Posted by poppy1356    
    But like I said I really have to push to feel ribs. If you just run your hand over her you can't feel them..
    Ribs aren't the only place to look to assess if a horse is fat or not.
    If that were the case, Lacey would be starving. She has a wide ribcage so even when she's darn obese, those ribs are barely covered. Right now, at her perfect weight (aka about a 5 on the Henneke scale), her ribs are sometimes visible and very easy to feel.

    Here's a video I use to assess, I like how they have a multi-point system and lay it out really clearly. :)
    [and I think the narrator guy just sounds like a sweetheart ]

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