Do you think she may have been telling you what you obviously wanted to hear because she didn't feel like argueing with your "experts"? If I had spent $100,000 on Vet school and someone ask for an evaluation and two weeks later wanted to argue about it because thier horseshoer and a few other folks that may or may not know what they're talking about disagreed I would probably just conceed and save an arguement for a matter worthy of the effort.
What i wanted to hear? ummm...kindly tell me what a thousand people telling me that our Belgian is slender when she is really fat is going to accomplish? How is that going to benefit her?.
I would like to find a vet who would be straightforward and forthright. And one who loves horses enough to tell the owner what they need to do to make the horse's life as healthy as possible, rather than throw in the towel and concede to whever it is you think she conceded to...?????
I was not badgering her to tell me Epona was a svelte runway Belgian model, DUHHH.
I was asking her honest questions as in:
does a cresty neck on a draft ALWAYS signify metabolic issues?
How does the standard horse body scoring system translate to drafts?
How much overweight poundwise is Epona?
Where are the most common places on her body that we should be checking for fatty deposits?
You are as off the mark as sarah....where you came up with me coming at our vet on her second visit with "expert" comments and a goal to force her to tell me our girl was an optimum weight is beyond my knowledge. Guess it came from your own imagination.
I dislike your combative attitude and refuse to give your posts or sarah's one minute of my time.
One says I'm snarky for calling an anonymous vet somewhere on this planet stupid. YOU say I am trying to get people to say my draft is thin so that.....well, I don't know why you think I would do that or how it would matter one bit to the health and welfare of my horse.
SOOOO....i will just ignore the condemnation posters and thank everyone else who gave their opinions and advice. You all agree the draft is mild to moderately fat...so by this kevinshorses persons measure i should hate you all for not telling me what HE OR SHE SOMEHOW KNOWS i want to hear.....??????
That is seriously ridiculous so I won't continue...
I thank you all for your honesty, and have already cut down Epona's grass time by one hour. Next spring she will have ample but reduced grass time.... and my son only rides once a week, so we need to try to finangle his schedule and get her some more exercise during this lovely fall weather.
Oh, and thanks for the replies about Beau. I used to board at a TB barn and all the TBs there were so thin that I knew he was overweight by TB standards, I just wanted to make sure none of you thought he was so fat that it would affect his legs and overall health. I mean, TBs are not BUILT to carry alot of weight on their bones, are they?
In closing, I just wanted to say that those of you who gave honest and helpful advice offset the frustration caused by the posters who only reply cause they have something nasty to say, are jealous, or who are just having a bad day and looking for someone to vent on.