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post #1 of 4 Old 06-06-2011, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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Is my horse too thin?

Hello All,

Is my horse too thin? Or does she need some more muscling up? She's a 9yr old KWPN, 16hh, She goes out for 6hours, 5days a week. She was stabled 24/7 until April when she started going out for a few hours a day. She is on part livery so they feed her and muck her out. Se has 10kg of hay a day and 2 scoops of chaff and 2 scoops of conditioning mix twice a day.

I compete her in showjumping, team chasing and xc. When i bought her she had a big bum and was generally alot chunkier. They did a lot of dressage and schooling though whereas i don't so i would expect her to change shape.

I am now moving her to a different yard where i will be doing her and she'll be out 24/7 unless its bad weather when she can come in with as much hay as she needs :o)

Please can you just give me your opinions, i know its hard just with photos but i'll try ad include as many as possible! If she's underweight, hopefully being at the new yard will help, but if its muscle...then please can you give me some ideas on how i can build this up?

I currently ride her 3 times a week generally, including competing on a sunday.

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Her hips stick out more than you can tell in the photos.

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post #2 of 4 Old 06-06-2011, 04:21 PM
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I wouldn't call her thin, that's what my sporthorse looks like. My boy is a bit ribby when he stretches out(still working on getting his weight up), but he's part TB so I don't expect much different.

If you think she's thin, I'd say being out 24/7 will definitely help. Bailey is a whole new horse now that he's on grass. I'd say work on dressage schooling to get the muscle tone(it really does help). Trot uphill and downhill if you can, it helps tone them up well too.


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post #3 of 4 Old 06-06-2011, 04:35 PM
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I think she looks to be a healthy weight. She's thin-er than I keep my horses but I've been accused of keeping them obese so.....

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post #4 of 4 Old 06-06-2011, 05:41 PM
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Definitely not too thin - her hind end looks completely proper and well muscled from the back view. If anything, she looks to have a bit of a tummy still but with the 3/4 shot it's difficult to tell. You certainly can see completely proper padding around the wither, hip bones and shoulder. I would say it's a muscling issue - she has decent muscle in her hind end and shoulder, seems to lack a little more on her topline.

That muscle is just going to be increased, along with her shoulder and hindquarters, with a lot of round trot work. A lot of people prefer lunging in side reins, or just get on and go for a good long hack down the road/trail with her working round to build up that neck and back.

I think she's in lovely condition, very healthy mare!

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