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post #61 of 64 Old 04-19-2010, 07:35 AM
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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.
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post #62 of 64 Old 10-04-2012, 03:07 PM
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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.
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post #63 of 64 Old 10-06-2012, 08:15 AM
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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.
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post #64 of 64 Old 10-06-2012, 06:13 PM
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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.
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