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        09-25-2013, 04:48 AM
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    I have just agisted this paddock right across from my house and there are people who actually live on the land. The owner came up to see my pony and see if has settled in, she walked around my pony and started to touch his back rubbing all the way down his spine. She said that he was very skinny and so unhealthy. I don't know how much she actually knows about horses, but my dad said that its like a human, everyone is different and that Snowy is actually a bit chubby. My head is getting pounded in two different places...
    Yes, I have dewormed him lately. I'm confused as he does have a big belly.
         
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        09-25-2013, 05:33 AM
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    Originally Posted by TheHorseJumper    
    I have just agisted this paddock right across from my house and there are people who actually live on the land. The owner came up to see my pony and see if has settled in, she walked around my pony and started to touch his back rubbing all the way down his spine. She said that he was very skinny and so unhealthy. I don't know how much she actually knows about horses, but my dad said that its like a human, everyone is different and that Snowy is actually a bit chubby. My head is getting pounded in two different places...
    Yes, I have dewormed him lately. I'm confused as he does have a big belly.
    A picture maybe?
         
        09-25-2013, 07:22 AM
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    Can you feel his ribs easily beneath his skin? How does his topline look - filled in nicely or dipping in between spine and rib cage?

    Horses and ponies may have different "shapes" but overall body condition should not be different. In other words, a well-nourished horse will look in good body condition and there won't be any sign of ribs or hips protruding and the topline will be nicely filled in. The rump should be rounded rather than "tented" in shape: like an apple rather than a triangle.
         
        09-25-2013, 03:49 PM
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    Let's see a picture!

    My mare is a good weight, can just feel her ribs, though they're not visible. Her spine isn't visible either.

    Another mare at my barn is very fat, and you can feel her ribs. Her weight is all in the bottom of her belly.
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