There is no excuse for thin horses! - Page 7

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health

There is no excuse for thin horses!

This is a discussion on There is no excuse for thin horses! within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category

Like Tree3Likes

LinkBack Thread Tools
    04-19-2010, 08:35 AM

They should be as sleek as seals :). Old saying we had on the AusRFS.

Though individual horses are different, though I did make an RSPCA complaint about 8 horses that where litterally skin and bone, and eating the tumble down shelters, that is not acceptable.

2 disappeared, one with an impaled shoulter, and one with that much green coloured discharge coming from his nose.

The others got moved to a beatufiul large field, and already they are filling out, there ribs less visable and there not as hollow. Adn they look happy.

I would go into cardiac arrest if I saw Red with protruding hips/ribs, I would know there was something wrong.
Sponsored Links
    10-04-2012, 04:07 PM
I totally agree. Not so much about the ribs thing, I'm found (personal experience) that some highly fit horses (Eventers, endurance horses, ESPECIALLY racers,) are always going to have a rib or two on them, because they just have no fat, all muscle. But they should still have filled out withers and butts and by one or two ribs, I mean the-faint-outline-or-one-or-two-when you-stand-at-the-right-angle-in-the-right-light-if-you-squint-and-cross-your fingers. Not deeply sunken emaciated ribs.

But there is no excuse for down right skinny horses. None.
    10-06-2012, 09:15 AM
Super Moderator
There are often reasons as to why a horse is kept 'ribby'

Laminitics and/or Cushings affected animals are best if kept on the thin side where you can certainly feel their ribs and see the back ones.

Illness can make a horse drop weight and be difficult for them to gain it.

Personally I hate seeing fat animals, especially youngsters, they should be covered but not fat.

Really fit horses carry no extra weight, a racehorse running in distance races will be very fit and you can see all its ribs.

There are also horses that do not gain weight no matter what they are fed, doesn't mean that they are poor, just not fat.
    10-06-2012, 07:13 PM
When I first got my horse he was lanky and a bit ribby despite having been kept on good food and good pasture for months after being seized for neglect. His owner kept him starved down to control him I guess (WHY do people do this?!?), although I don't know why he would need to since his challenges to my authority are few and far between at a healthy weight. Anyway. What really helped out in terms of getting my boy looking good was exercise. It seems counter intuitive, but being ridden regularly as well as being fed well was what really helped him bulk up and start looking good. Six months later and he does not look like the same horse at all.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Excuse me, but my horse is a witch! TheVelveteenPony Horse Talk 23 10-12-2012 03:55 AM
Too Thin? Phantomcolt18 Horse Health 11 12-20-2009 10:59 PM
Really thin TB MTcowgirl Horse Health 65 12-02-2009 07:41 PM
Um excuse me? JumpingTheMoon Horse Talk 14 12-01-2009 05:51 PM
Too thin? Lori1983 Horse Health 29 03-11-2009 09:43 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:26 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0