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    12-20-2012, 12:03 AM
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Yearling
Opinions on their weight.....

I was just curious as to what you guys think about their weight? I think they are all a good weight. Can't see any ribs. Can barely feel them.
But my vet says they are to fat.... not obese by any means, but a little over weight. What are your alls thoughts?

Ty- 11 yr old gelding
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Thor- 4 yr old gelding
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Finnigan- 1 yr 8 month old gelding.
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And before people worry about going into winter time. I live in Florida. Not to harsh of a winter down here. Plus they are blanketed if its below 60. So their bodies don't have to work to hard to keep them warm.
     
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    12-20-2012, 12:07 AM
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Started
That look great to me! Id rather be on the chunky side of things.
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    12-20-2012, 12:31 AM
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Weanling
They look good to me, but I'm not a vet I'd listen to what your vet has to say.
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    12-20-2012, 12:48 AM
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Trained
They look good to me! Pretty horses!
     
    12-20-2012, 12:53 AM
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Banned
I think they look perfect!
     
    12-20-2012, 01:05 AM
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Banned
I think that all except for the baby looks a little on the chunky side, but nothing major.

About the blanketing. People here tend to say not to blanket, and that's all well and good depending on where you live. I have a skinny TB and I blanket in PA. However I think blanketing when it's 60o is crazy. I blanket at below 40 - 60 is lovely weather to me, and I just put on a light hoodie for my own personal use. Nothing on my horse.
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    12-20-2012, 10:45 AM
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Yearling
Well, im glad im not the only one who thinks they are a good weight. I love my vet, but she's the kind who would rather see them a smidge under weight. Rather than over. And I have always been the opposite. And for blanketing. My family has always been this way. Since the horses were babies. And we never have hairy horses.
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    12-20-2012, 12:33 PM
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I personally think the first horse could stand to loose some weight. He has a very thick neck and too much over the barrel. The mare looks like she would benifit from a little loss as well, but I think the colt looks great.
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    12-20-2012, 05:58 PM
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Foal
They look great to me
     
    12-21-2012, 01:19 AM
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Trained
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I love my vet, but she's the kind who would rather see them a smidge under weight. Rather than over. And I have always been the opposite. And for blanketing. My family has always been this way. Since the horses were babies. And we never have hairy horses.
Agree with Alex. Your colt looks OK but the others are a bit too fat. Yes, many people 'like' to have plump horses, but there is a very good reason your vet holds a different opinion. Health. IMO that should definitely come before your personal preferences. It's one thing if you overeat yourself, you're creating your own problem, but you are in charge of your horse's welfare.

As with humans, it's not healthy to remain overweight & leads to a number of(some incurable) health problems. Unlike humans, one of the common ones - laminitis - makes a horse lame & can do extremely serious damage to their feet. Like humans, other animals can all afford to put on extra weight at times & not necessarily suffer, but *retaining* 'good condition' long term without regular 'hard seasons' to use up the fat stores causes metabolic problems such as insulin resistance/type 2 diabetes. This is not considered curable & is a LOT easier to avoid than having to manage once they get it.

As for rugging, I think there's more you should consider than a bit extra hair to deal with. I don't think short term rugging in appropriate situations is necessarily at all bad, but also agree with Alex that 60o is not what I'd call at all necessary - perhaps when it gets below 0 if they haven't acclimatised or grown a decent coat or such. There are also health considerations that are at the root of my attitude on that too. So it's well worth reconsidering changing your 'likes' that aren't in your horse's best interests.
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