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post #1 of 4 Old 03-06-2009, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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Normal weight

How can you tell if your horse is a normal weight vs overweight? Should you ever be able to feel any ribs? Our horse had a good winter "layer" which was good considering we had a cold winter for our area. We can't feel any ribs and she just starting to shed so she still has a fluffy look - I don't think she is really much overweight, but I'm just curious.
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post #2 of 4 Old 03-07-2009, 12:01 AM
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you should be able to just feel the ribs but not see them at all. When you look at her rump from behind it should be a smooth line with no indent in the middle. I'm not sure if that is the best way to describe it?

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You SHOULD be able to feel ribs if you press lightly on the sides. If you have to press firmly, or really feel around for them, then she's too fat.

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Looks like my horse it too fat. She does not have any indent on her rump so hopefully she isn't too too fat! I hope as her winter coat sheds so will some weight (wish, wish, wish). Unfortunately, I don't have any control over diet (MIL - can't tell her what to do!) so I hope I can get a handle on it as I will be riding more with the upcoming longer days and decent weather.
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