skinny on belly...yet fat on shoulder?!

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    03-20-2008, 11:22 PM
skinny on belly...yet fat on shoulder?!

Lately I've noticed that Sonny is skinny (not too bad) on his stomach...I can see his ribs (not abnormally ribby though), but he's still chubby at the shoulders (little fat rolls on his shoulders).

I don't particually want to up his feed to put more weight on his stomach....but I also don't feel right excersizing him alot for him to loose the fat on his shoulders.

^^ Can't see rips too much.. but I can see them a bit

^^Can see a bit of his "fat rolls"...but aren't that noticable due to he's sweating (just finished riding him)

Should I just do what I'd do with a horse that's a good weight? Should I up his feed...add grain and such? Excersize him more to loose the weight on the shoulders?
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    03-20-2008, 11:46 PM
He looks a tad chubby, but nothing to worry about. I think he is at a good weight, especially for winter. He doesn't appear ribby to me in the photos at all. How old is he?
    03-21-2008, 10:23 AM
Originally Posted by rockydq
He looks a tad chubby, but nothing to worry about. I think he is at a good weight, especially for winter. He doesn't appear ribby to me in the photos at all. How old is he?
he appears more ribby in real life than in photos or videos. He's 9 years old

I know for winter he's a fairly good weight, but for summer he isn't and summer is coming fast (at least it seems fast for me)
    03-21-2008, 07:53 PM
What do you feed him? I find it odd that he has problems keeping weight on in the summer, as opposed to winter. What kind of work are you doing with him also?
    03-21-2008, 09:30 PM
At first I lowered his food to 4 flakes a day....two in the morning, and two at night...but he finished that within maybe 20 minutes so we doubled he's getting 8 flakes or one bale (whichever is smaller).
Hardly any grain...only a handful once a week if he does a good job that day.
Hardly any treats...maybe a carrot a week....hardly any treats.
He's an easy he doesn't particually need grain at all....and he's not used to alot of treats (never got any from the last owner...or at least she said she didn't give him any)

As for excersize...I try to go up at least 3 times a week...sometimes four. Mondays, Tuesdays (if I have time), Thursdays, Sundays.
I'll usually ride anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours...depending on Sonny...if he's sweating before I get on (I keep him in the arena while I get ready to get on him, and he lots of just walk around and around,....and sometimes to the point where he sweats)...and I get off when he starts sweating hard.
I try not to over work him...when he seems slower and sluggish I'll get off, untack him, then walk him around to cool him off
    03-22-2008, 01:17 AM
I think he looks fine... he's not skinny! Lol
    03-22-2008, 09:41 AM
Originally Posted by mell
i think he looks fine... he's not skinny! Lol
I know he doesn't particually look skinny, but I can see his ribs them I am around him. Wasn't sure if it was due to his coat being so shiny that it made the ribs look like they were there or what
    03-22-2008, 01:34 PM
He's actually got a cute little hay belly.
    03-22-2008, 07:53 PM
He is slightly chubby, could it be that he appears a bit sway back?
But I don't think his shoulder is too big for his belly.
    03-22-2008, 10:38 PM
It might be the appearing sway back...I know he isn't swayed though it was just the way he was standing...
It might be it though...he still is on the chubby side...and I'll keep an eye out for ribbyness but I don't think I'll have too much to worry about

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