Is she overweight? - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 19 Old 10-21-2010, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 1,075
• Horses: 1
Is she overweight?

This is Berdi. She is a 19 year old Quarter Horse and I just got her this spring. Before I got her she was very heavy - absolutely huge! She is a very, very easy keeper. I got her a grazing muzzle (much to her disgust) and that definitely helped. I took it off around the end of September as it was rubbing her and the grass was certainly not as lush.

She is just on pasture now. I try to ride her 4-6 times a week and we do lots of trotting and cantering. She loves to be ridden so that is a good thing. I'm wondering if she still is too fat though. We are heading into winter (and it gets cold here!) so I don't mind her being a little chubbier as long as it is not a health concern.

In a couple weeks she will start to be stalled at night and will be out in the day foraging for what she can find through the snow. Then at night I will give her hay and a pound of RB. I was given some sweet feed for her, but I will only use it as a treat as I don't want to make her fatter!!

Anyhow - here she is. What are your thoughts?

The first two pictures were taken in July and the last one was the first week of October.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Berdi's Bath 036.jpg (98.5 KB, 233 views)
File Type: jpg Berdi's Bath 039.jpg (57.3 KB, 220 views)
File Type: jpg 030.jpg (82.9 KB, 222 views)
Equus_girl is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 19 Old 10-22-2010, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 1,075
• Horses: 1
Bump! Any thoughts?
Equus_girl is offline  
post #3 of 19 Old 10-22-2010, 09:32 AM
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: in my stables
Posts: 1,210
• Horses: 9
I think she looks a decent weight to go into winter with she isnt skinny ideal but i prefer them chubbier for winter dont rug her and leave her out and she will loose weight

To give a horse your heart guarantees a love that will last forever undamageable
MaggiStar is offline  
post #4 of 19 Old 10-22-2010, 09:37 AM
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 315
• Horses: 0
I'm not very experienced on this topic, but I do have a book about it!
There is a scale called the Henneke body condition scoring system; it rates a horse on their physical condition basically by the fat deposits. A horse can score 1-9 with one being poor and nine extremely fat; 5 or 6 is ideal for most horses. You can read a description of it here: Henneke Body Scoring - Habitat for Horses - Equine Protection Organization - Horse Rescue, Rehabilitation, Horse Education and Adoptions

The descriptions are too long to type out, but this page seems helpful: The Henneke System of Body Condition Scoring - Kentucky Horse Council
I think there is a pdf to help you rate your horse at the bottom but I do not have adobe reader in this computer so I can't tell for sure.

By looking at my book I'd say you horse is a seven or eight, but I think you have to touch the horse to really know. I hope this helps!
WalnutPixie is offline  
post #5 of 19 Old 10-22-2010, 09:38 AM
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Earth, last time I checked
Posts: 1,254
• Horses: 1
She very pretty. Do you ride her a lot? She looks fine just a bit out of shape.
Cowgirl101 is offline  
post #6 of 19 Old 10-22-2010, 10:11 AM
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Somewhere on Vancouver Island
Posts: 601
• Horses: 0
I think she could stand to loose a little weight.....she actually looks like she weighs less in the July picture.........but it could just be the light/angle.

Super Nova
Super Nova is offline  
post #7 of 19 Old 10-22-2010, 10:45 AM
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
Posts: 6,226
• Horses: 5
The body scoring system mentioned above is a good gauge of condition...better than just looking at weight. In any case, owning stocky Paints, she just looks like a big barreled horse and looks very good to me.

On the sixth day, God created the Quarter Horse.
On the seventh day, he Painted the good ones.
PaintHorseMares is offline  
post #8 of 19 Old 10-22-2010, 11:23 AM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Alberta
Posts: 296
• Horses: 0
Hello fellow Albertan.
I think she's a little on the hefty side, but I also think it's a good thing going into winter. Do you feed her anything special in the winter or just a grass hay?
Alicia is offline  
post #9 of 19 Old 10-22-2010, 11:32 AM
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: NY
Posts: 753
• Horses: 0
She looks a little heavy but since we're going into winter, I wouldn't worry about it too much. If she is heavy next year, I would have the vet out to check her out. She could have something up with her metabolism or thyroid, like insulin resistence or cushings diesease.

I don't like the idea of "leaving her out at night without a blanket" so she can shiver weight off - that is no way to fix the problem, if there is one. If it's a metabolic problem you can let her shiver as much as you want but she won't lose the weight! (not directed to the OP, directed to whoever made that comment)

passion is when you put more energy into something than is required to do it. it is more than just enthusiasm or excitement, passion is ambition that is materialized into action to put as much heart, mind, body and soul into something as is possible. // <3 starlite - dream - lady - georgia
kmdstar is offline  
post #10 of 19 Old 10-22-2010, 11:32 AM
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Watertown, MN
Posts: 5,540
• Horses: 3
Yay Walnut for posting the BCS! She still looks a little chubby, but the only real way to tell is to put your hands on her. Print out the BCS and go over each of her body points and compare them to the descriptions on the chart. That'll give you an idea of where she is.

She's a pretty girl Love her little BIG booty!

ETA - Addressing the "leaving her out" at night comments. I would leave her outside at night as long as she has adequate shelter, grows a good coat, and has enough forage to keep her happy. For her I would find a more mature, less nutritionally dense forage so she gets the warmth producing fiber but not a ton of calories. I wouldn't "starve" her (not saying anyone said that) but don't overfeed her either. The more she moves around the better.

I had a Cushings mare that was a total fatty, I did get her to lose some weight so she was at least somewhat healthy, but I never expected to get her down to ideal. She wasn't rideable so that was part of it, but I wasn't going to starve her in the winter just to keep her thinner. Restricting forage can cause a lot of problems, just like obesity can. My vets (several of them) recommendations were a lower quality forage, spread out so she had to search, and basically give her as much as she wanted. I put my hay in a bunch (10-20) piles all over the paddock. It worked to keep her fitter and warmer. Anyways, you get the point so I'll stop rambling.

Last edited by MN Tigerstripes; 10-22-2010 at 11:38 AM.
MN Tigerstripes is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
~ Overweight or Underweight??? flamingauburnmustang Horse Health 19 07-09-2010 01:14 AM
Overweight Mare Martina Horse Health 4 04-27-2009 10:30 AM
Overweight SonnyWimps Horse Health 20 03-01-2008 11:13 AM
my horses are overweight horsegal101 Horse Breeds 10 10-29-2007 12:46 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome