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View Poll Results: Do you prefer your horses a LITTLE on the Thick side? Or a LITTLE on the thin side?
(A LITTLE bit)Thick 16 61.54%
(A LITTLE bit)Thin 10 38.46%
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    03-07-2012, 10:45 PM
Thick or Thin?

So, do you prefer your horses a LITTLE on the thin side? Or a LITTLE on the thick side?
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    03-07-2012, 10:55 PM
Well I like mine a little on the thick side like my QH he's muscular and when I ride bareback I don't have to hang on with my legs I can just hang out. And thin horses look a little weird to me and like they could break with a wrong move.
    03-07-2012, 10:59 PM
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I like my horses on the thicker side because then I don't feel like I'm riding a fence post. It's easier for me to recover my balance too if I should lose it.
    03-07-2012, 11:00 PM
My arabs are very easy keepers on hay alone, and I like it that way. Especially since they are senior citizens. I'd much rather have them on the fleshier side than thin when they have to carry my fat butt around on their back
    03-07-2012, 11:02 PM
I always tease Hubby (an Arab lover) that I prefer to have something I can feel between my legs, LOL!!! He just rolls his eyes:)
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    03-07-2012, 11:17 PM
Thicker. Especially in the winter.
    03-07-2012, 11:17 PM
I much prefer a horse to be slightly light on, than overweight. There are FAR more health implications with an overweight horse, than a slightly underweight one. An overweight horse is going to be putting excess pressure on joints, soft tissue and internal organs. If you look at any very fit horse, it will have a shadow of ribs showing.

ETA: Forgot to say as well, that fat does not equal strong. Muscle, is what increases a horse's carrying capactity, not fat.
    03-07-2012, 11:23 PM
I like mine on thicker side. My gelding Ty is in awesome shape. He gets ridden about 4-6 times a week. And always for about 3-6 hours depending where we ride. And our weekly sortings where we ride about 10 times. And you can't see a single rib on him.
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    03-07-2012, 11:24 PM
I prefer my horses to be a little bit on the thin side. Not emaciated, not angular, but the last rib or two showing. My vet prefers them this way too, and even a little thinner than I would like if they have joint issues. I'm honestly a little bit surprised by the early results, since all three equine vets in my area agree with me. Perhaps we have a different definition of thick and thin. I don't consider muscle to contribute to the thickness of a horse, I personally define it as the fatty layer under the skin...
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    03-07-2012, 11:27 PM
I prefer my horse to be on the thinner side just able to see ribs much more heathy for them then to be fat. My one gelding tends to be fat he gains weight just looking at hay. We put out round bales from november till april well that isnt happening any more iam hand feeding it now. Been hand feeding for just over a month and iv trimmed down my gelding by a good 85lbs needs to lose more yet

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