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post #11 of 42 Old 06-02-2013, 07:36 PM
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If you were going to purchase a horse and were presented these two pictures as two different horses, which one would you pick? I would definitely pick the chubbier one. I don't think she looks as healthy in the current picture.

All of you who like them on the thinner side......which one would you pick? Do you think ribs suggest ill health, at least along with a long dull coat?

I don't know. I like a little flesh on them. But that's just me. I don't want people to think I am neglecting them. Heck, I don't want to think I am neglecting them.

Edited to say......I am not suggesting the horse in question is neglected. She looks good in both photos! I am just pointing out how other people may see a ribby horse. How I may see a ribby horse I am not familiar with.

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post #12 of 42 Old 06-02-2013, 07:53 PM
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Id perfer them a bit thin over fat I. Have a over weight horse and he's on the verge of founder so ill take thin over fat.

I don't care what someone might think what matters to me is my horses health and well being. Right now my horses well being is at risk because he's too fat.
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A tad thin, but really just a tad. More fitness would probably help more than just more food. Up both, the fitness more than the food, and I'll bet she'll look better in a couple of weeks.
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I totally understand everyone's comments. And they are all appreciated.
I suppose I should of mentioned, this pony is most likely a cushings pony in her mid 20's.
She did just see the vet and he happens to be the dentist and chiro. He gave her a clean bill of health. Well other then cushings, which were aware of and hence the change in feed.
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Yep- still a very cute little mare- how old is she?
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Yep- still a very cute little mare- how old is she?
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With that information, I think she looks pretty good for that age. I also think that the ideal weight for each horse varies. My horses are stocky and big bodied, so if I keep them on the lean side they look like crap. I prefer my guys to be a little fleshier, just for that reason.
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she looks good for her age, but I like to have the older ones ribs covered. Some old ones get to a point that nothing keeps the weight on, so I like to keep them a little pudgy , because if they get sick and lose weight, it is so hard to put back on. If she is cushings, please clip her for summer so she does not get over heated .
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she looks good for her age, but I like to have the older ones ribs covered. Some old ones get to a point that nothing keeps the weight on, so I like to keep them a little pudgy , because if they get sick and lose weight, it is so hard to put back on. If she is cushings, please clip her for summer so she does not get over heated .
She has been clipped, a while ago. Our weather is still dropping into the 40's at night.
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She struck me as an older mare- they just don't build em like that anymore.

I do think she looks good for her age but would definitely up her hay rations.
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