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    06-10-2011, 09:18 PM
  #21
Weanling
I would love to learn more about this too. Subbing to see what you say about the previous horses...
     
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    06-11-2011, 01:06 AM
  #22
Banned
Since no one has said anything yet I guess I'll say what Im thinking they are...about a 2.5 and a 5 (if we are using the proper 9 scale)

What do you all think?
     
    06-17-2011, 10:32 AM
  #23
Weanling
VintageMatch- She is definitely not skinny enough for someone to be threatening to report you. She actually looks pretty good. I would rate her a 3 1/2 -4. Pregnancy takes a lot out of a mare, especially twins, and then losing them takes even more out of the mare. Thoroughbreds are also hard keepers generally, so considering what she has gone through in the last little while, I would say she looks good.
     
    06-17-2011, 10:43 AM
  #24
Foal
Thanks Ilovesonya, someone did actually report it, they came out said the horses were fine and left. I know some of the girls at the humane society and the one girl said it was just a vindictive call. But she's looking better, im going to ask my instructor about an ulcer preventative just incase or a digestive aid. The old owner said that twins shouldn't cause a horse to lose weight. Well she had food infront of her all the time teeth are fine and now that she's not pregnant she's gaining weight nicely so it must have been the twins.
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    06-17-2011, 12:56 PM
  #25
Weanling
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Rate Vint please. She was pregnant so she doesn't have any muscle. But she ended up carrying twins and aborted them 10 months in. The 9th month she lost a lot of weight and we still don't know why. She's a very high maitenence horse and in the 2 years I've had her she's always had a few ribs showing. Anyways rate her for me if you could, a lot of people are giving me trouble, told the old owner she looks like a skeleton. Old barn owner went in her stall, removed her blanket and took pictures of her. I know she's ribby and lacks muscle, she is improving and once I feel she's in a good range we'll start work again but is she really that bad. Like some people are laying threats to report me. I don't want to lose my horse, I'm trying. Rant over here's my girl 8yr old TB
Hope it works.
For a TB who's just lost foals I'd say she's looking fine. I'd give her a four. My Arab dropped to that with a foal and is just now regaining her weight at four times her normal feed with hay/pasture 24/7.
The majority of TB's are high maintenance. I have 4 and all require extra. I will say one thing, once you've got them up to good weight they seem to maintain it. Lose the weight and its an uphill battle to put it back on.
     
    06-18-2011, 01:53 AM
  #26
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Thanks Ilovesonya, someone did actually report it, they came out said the horses were fine and left. I know some of the girls at the humane society and the one girl said it was just a vindictive call. Posted via Mobile Device
We've had people call the Sheriff's department and report our horses before. Deputy came out each time - checked our vet records, checked our feed barrels, shook his head and left. He has been called out six times in the last year. Dancer did get pretty rough looking for a while, but she's really looking tons better. We also took in two rescues that looked like walking skeletons. Deputy said he was getting tired of people who couldn't mind their own business, and couldn't tell a thin but healthy horse from an underfed emaciated horse.

We still have one rescue who is just not cooperating - he is still thin, but - his coat is glossy and he has a lot of energy - which is part of the problem. He's two years old and growing faster than you would believe - and he runs and runs and runs... If he were sick and/or underfed, he couldn't do that.

Deputy thinks the most recent caller may be related to the people who were arrested for killing horses in our area...including our DJ. They are really being vindictive - although we had nothing to do with any of the arrests and don't even know enough to testify about anything...
     
    06-18-2011, 05:51 AM
  #27
Green Broke
If you are still doing this I would love some opinions on how people would score my horses, I have done it myself before but I am in interested in some other peoples views.

First is Pepper 27 yr old Appaloosa (this is going into winter she lost some weight) I have since changed her food to something more easily digested and she seems to be slowly putting more weight on.

Then Apache 10yr old Tb. This was him a few weeks ago, he is a pretty easy keeper during the hotter months but during winter he can lose a bit of weight if I don't majorly up his feed and put rugs on him. During summer he only needs one biscuit of hay a day and he is on grass 24/7.

Last I have Sammy a 12 yr old Qh who is a very easy keeper compared to the other two. He has put on a bit of weight since I bought him.

I have been told before that they all look underweight and need to be wormed. I worm them regularly though and they all have bright glossy coats without needing to be brushed. I admit a couple of the could use a little more weight but I am working on that.
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    06-18-2011, 10:31 AM
  #28
Weanling
Can I first say....Bubba can you PLEASE send that beautiful leopard my way!!!! <3

Aside from that....here is my boy who is a very hard keeper and picky eater...ugh. But has put on weight since I got him but it is something I must concentrate on all the time with him...
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