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post #1 of 9 Old 10-18-2011, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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Thoughts on his condition?

We bought Benny just 4 weeks ago. He is our first horse and has an amazing disposition and very smart! He has adjusted well to his new home, we are boarding him 5 miles from our house and see him daily. He gets 1/2 bale of hay a day plus 1/2 quart of grain. Our trainer wants to get a little more weight on him before winter. He has a 12x12 3 sided shelter.
I would like to know how you folks think he looks right now. For the record, you can see a little rib, but when you run your hands over them, they feel nice and thick with a layer of fat under the fur

I will post an update in a month or so.


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post #2 of 9 Old 10-18-2011, 02:28 PM
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I think he could still gain a little weight just looking at the size of his neck and hip. He also needs to muscle up a little so with the more workload hes gonna need to eat more hay and his grain will need to be bumped up a little as well.
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post #3 of 9 Old 10-18-2011, 08:12 PM
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His weight (fat) actually seems fine, but he needs considerable muscle over the topline, as you noted.
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Bubba said what I would say. fat level looks ok. Muscle is under. but that'll change when you start riding more.
Just like for humans, there is a general tendency for us to think that a normal horse is thin, and a plump one normal.
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^^ What they said! I don't think it'd hurt to allow him to get a bit fatter before winter *if you're going to allow him to slim down over it & before spring* but he doesn't need it.
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What breed is he? How tall? 1/2 bale is a lot of hay! Bella is 16h and about 1,000 pounds, she's a quarter horse, registered paint, and she eats between 3 and 4 flakes per day, depending on how thick they are. I try to get her 20 pounds a day (2% of her weight) devided in two meals.

He looks good, but I agree he needs to muscle up (just like my Bella )
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post #7 of 9 Old 10-19-2011, 07:52 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everybody! I really appreciate your comments!

He is a registered Paint. 8 Years old, 16 hands tall. He is trained in Western, English, Showmanship and Halter but for the last year or so has done nothing but hang out in the pasture of the previous owner. She took great care of him but had no time to work him.
So yeah I agree he will need to hit the weight room .
He has filled out some in the past month due to the increased hay. He was getting 1/3 bale per day and was a bit under weight. Our trainer (God bless her) bumped the hay up to add some weight.
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Registered paint? Thought they had to be 'painted' to earn that title??
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^ Nope. If you have a registered Paint parent, and the other parent is registered Paint, Quarter Horse, or Jockey Club, the offspring is APHA registerable regardless of color. Though it's considered "solid Paint bred" (used to be "Breeding Stock"), and rather undesirable.
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