Before I start, the photo is a free-to-use stock photo, so I'm using it.
I had a rather long discussion/argument with someone who knew the horses in the picture. I said the mare on the right was unacceptably thin, while she said the horses are all well cared for. Her reasoning for the thin horse, was that she is a thoroughbred and was pregnant.
My reply? I said thoroughbreds are slender
not skinny. And just because a horse is pregnant, definitely should not mean it is skinny. Thoroughbreds (and especially prego thoroughbreds) are hard keepers. If a horse owner does not have the means or knowledge to keep one, they shouldn't.
I even went to the trouble to look up how horses are scored, and the mare matches up with about a 2.5-3 on the body weight scoring guide.
The mare in question is the one on the right.
Here is an example of what has been scored 2.5: "This horse would have a condition score of 2.5 to 3.0. The neck and withers are thin and accentuated. There is fat buildup halfway on the spinous processes, and the tailhead is prominent but individual vertebrae cannot be visually identified. The ribs are easily discernible with no fat being deposited behind the shoulder."
I have been around thoroughbreds, pregnant and not, and I do not believe they or any horse should be skinny.
So, have I made a fool of myself, or is this acceptable?