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        12-21-2012, 09:43 AM
    My horses didnt get hairy in florida its not ever very cold and I sure didnt feed round bales either free choice. Fat isnt healthy period better a little thin. I would ration their hay they sure don't need their heads stuck in the bale 24/7. I feed round bales but I peel them and feed it out when its cold they have hay 24/7. 30s isnt that cold iam talking single digits and below zero. Even at 30 below zero my horses arent blanketed so blanketing in florida is just nuts. Your vet is right in her thinking so I would heed her advice.
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        12-21-2012, 10:01 AM
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    Well I have to admit that my horses do tend to run on the chubby side so I'm not a great one to crtique others but really you should be able to feel their ribs - not see them
    My lot are easy keepers and no way could I ever feed them ad lib hay as they would just eat till they burst!!!
    Laminitis is an awful thing and prevention is better than cure
    Youngsters are growing and stand a bit extra but even then too much weight on young developing joints isnt a good thing
        12-21-2012, 11:34 PM
    I am aware of the issues of over weight horses. But I try to follow the 1-10 body score chart. My two older geldings are aprox a 6. And my colt is a five. I can feel all their ribs. They just arent right under the skin. I gotta push toi feel. But once I push, I can feel them. My last vet told me with the way my horses are worked, to try and keep them at a 6. She said 5-6 is the perfect weight. And always said they were fine. But my newish vet would rather see them about 4. My horses are worked pretty hard about 5 days a week. And they don't get hay 24/7. Only at night while they are out on pasture. Which is approximatly 10 hours. As for blanketing, my vet sees no problems with it. And I have never had the way I blanket cause any issues.
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        12-24-2012, 12:22 AM
    If you can't easily feel their ribs - you've got to prod - they're probably more than a 6 on my scale - there are different scales & different opinions on 'ideal' weights by the way - but I'd call a 6 a bit too chubby anyway. I'd call 4-5 about ideal for most horses. Especially if they're hard worked - they should be fit & lean. You also have to look at the whole body, not just the ribs - some horses can be ribby & still fat.

    On the hay, if your horses are only out for 10 hours a day & on pasture & that's the only time they get hay, what about the other 14 hours? If they've got pasture, I'd be leaving them to that when they're out & feeding hay when they're cooped up(tho I wouldn't keep them that way by choice). While you may not want them eating more & getting fatter, it's also not good for a horse to go hungry for any period, so providing a small holed hay net while they're locked up would be a good move.
        12-24-2012, 01:25 AM
    Here is a link to the Henneke Body Condition Scoring system: Henneke Body Condition Scoring System
        12-24-2012, 01:57 AM
    They look great, but if your vet who sees them "up close and in person" says they are too heavy, I would listen. I tend to "feel" a little chubby is healthy - but it isn't. The cute little youngster doesn't look anything other than healthy to me, though.

    My mare does not hair up as well as she "should" in the winter. I blanket her when it goes below 30 - ish. And, I am vigilant to unblanket her at the crack of dawn before it warms up (as in - above 40-45F). I agree w ^^^, blanketing at 60F is just not healthy.
        12-24-2012, 02:08 AM
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    They look okay to me. A bit chubby, but if they are out on pasture and just get hay at night, that's a good way to feed. They have get some exercise grazing, as they don't just stand in one area. If you blanket at night when it is cooler than 60 so they don't get winter hair, and they are not overheating, then don't change. 4 seems pretty skinny to me. I like pudgy horses, because if they get sick, then they need the reserves, and trying to build weight up is a hard thing on some horses and costly at that.
        12-24-2012, 07:43 AM
    Originally Posted by spurstop    
    Here is a link to the Henneke Body Condition Scoring system: Henneke Body Condition Scoring System
    According to this scale, they akl fit more in the 5 than 6. They don't have fat deposits at their tail, no groove down their backs. And they are stalled during the day to keep them out of the sun. And they get a flake of o&a in a slow feed hay net. And the only reason I question is because the one vet I used to use says they look great. And the newer vet says they are to fat. And I use both vets. So, I have contradicting opinions, from two professionals.
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        12-24-2012, 07:54 AM
    I should say used to use a lot.
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        12-24-2012, 08:41 AM
    Green Broke
    I think they look good. Would not want them any fatter though.
    I was going to say that going into the worst of winter is not the best time to cut back on food.

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