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post #1 of 64 Old 04-11-2010, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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There is no excuse for thin horses!

This is something that gets to me. I don't care if you've had a bad winter, or the horse is old. Old horses can put on weight. I don't care if it was abused and therefore never puts on weight. I don't care if its a picky eater.

I've grown up in a house where I've been taught this. I've been taught there might be an underlying issue such as a thyroid problem or a dental issue.

I'm not saying each and every pony needs to be shiny, and fat but I should not be able to see your horses ribs. I should not be able to see his hip bones and emaciated withers.

I'm sick of people saying/posting that they have a thin horse and they're sorry. You're not, because if you were you'd be talking to a vet, or a horse nutritionist. You'd be having your hay and soil analysed. You'd be doing everything possible to get it in health. You'd be rugging your horse and keeping it warm. You wouldn't be excessively exercising it.

I'm sorry for the rant :( But this needs to be posted.
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post #2 of 64 Old 04-11-2010, 12:43 AM
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that's right ^^ My old boy Bishop was really thin at one stage. He is old now, about 20 - 21. He is retired from work. He's not as unthin as he should be, but he's getting there :) I got him a vitamin from the vet that'll help, he eats lots and lots of hay, grass, and he gets about 4 scoops of feed twice a day. He's going to be a good sized boy in no time :)

I wrote that just so anyone can see that I talked to my vet, and I am fattening him up :) But your right ^^ People that just say "sorry", but don't feed the horse more than what he's having then I dunno. I get it if you ARE trying, that its just taking a while, some horses are like that, esp. Here in SA, but as long as your trying. And I'm NOT at all saying that those of you out there with a thin horse are not trying... so please don't take offence

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post #3 of 64 Old 04-11-2010, 12:55 AM Thread Starter
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I completely understand that it does take time to get weight and condition on a horse, but what I'm really talking about are the people who feed and feed and feed with no concern to the horse's digestive system or why it isn't gaining weight. I'm talking about the people who just say they're old and continue to ride their emaciated horses when really they should be in a paddock, retired.
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Oh, I know what you mean! Lacey's thinnish right now and when I've tried talking to my BO about getting her more food I get the "she's old, that's what happens, it's not bad." crap and my favorite: "she's old and dying, basically, so why should we waste more hay on her?" What dumb butts. I'd move but I'm basically boarding her there for free and I really don't have a steady source of income so I can't justify moving her and hoping for the best, especially at her age. And I really didn't want to own her at this stage (becuase of the money thing) but according to them I officially own her now, even though we never agreed on that. The farthest we had talked ownership-wise was that I half owned her as of last July. Well, evidently I own her now. Thanks for sharing that news with me, guys! Haha

Thankfully, now that the grass is coming in, she's grazing 24/7 so the pounds are packing themselves right back on. But still, I hate looking at my horse and seeing her ribs at all. I hate feeling happy when I can't see them, that shouldn't have to happen!
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I have to disagree, and agree.
Agree becaue it's true.
Disagree becasue some horses are JUST HARD to keep weight on, even if you spen hundereds on getting hay,soil, and bodily tests done. Even if their rugged and not super old. Like TB;s. Some can be EXTREMELY hard keepers.
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post #6 of 64 Old 04-11-2010, 07:21 AM
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Hmmm also have to sort of disagree here. Illness, stress and injury can all make a horse lose weight and not put it back on for a long time.
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I have to disagree, and agree.
Agree becaue it's true.
Disagree becasue some horses are JUST HARD to keep weight on, even if you spen hundereds on getting hay,soil, and bodily tests done. Even if their rugged and not super old. Like TB;s. Some can be EXTREMELY hard keepers.
yep I agree with you !!

My sisters mare is a tb & a HARD keeper. Fat for her is when you can barely see her ribs. She gets the best food you can buy & as much of it as she will eat. She is not unhealthy, that is just her body type. Much like some people who others think are anorexic, but that is just how their body functions.

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I had no problem keeping weight on my hard keepin TB - it's not rocket science

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I agree IF the horse is in good health.

A boarder at my barn has been trying to solve her horses weight loss and stress issues. He refuses to eat allot of the time but always has food in front of him. He has been seen I think twice in the past couple months, treated for ulcers, had blood work drawn up. I see her making every effort to address his health and weight issues and he will respond for a short time and then decline again and looks very thin right now.

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post #10 of 64 Old 04-11-2010, 08:21 AM
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Agreed... barring no health issues needs added to my above post. It is not difficult to keep a healthy horse in good weight
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