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post #1 of 21 Old 11-01-2009, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
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too skinnny?

i moved my horse to a new barn today, bc where he was before there wasnt anywhere to ride, so hes out of shape. hasnt had a good workout in about a month.
at the new barn, so many people where like "OMG hes so skinny" "he needs 100 pounds!!". i know hes lacking muscle, due to being out of shape, but thats the reason i moved him, was to get him more excerise since they have a large indoor there.

i dont think he looks way to skinny, i think he looks like hes lacking muscle.
infact, the new barn owner decided to take it into her own hands and TELL me what to feed my own horse. which i didnt like. she ON HER OWN, switched his feed and amount.
what do you guys thnk? is he really that bad? i mean, yes hes lacking muscle, but thats why i moved him. we took off about a month

BTW: hes a 13y/o QH. he has a large front bc he was gelded around age 8.
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post #2 of 21 Old 11-01-2009, 08:04 PM
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i do not agree with her changing his feed !! grr

i think he looks skinny & is lacking muscle, but not THAT skinny. nothing to freak out about, he just needs to put on a few. 100lbs for a horse is really not that much, i know a horse who loses about 150lbs everytime she hunts, she gains its back really quickly.

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post #3 of 21 Old 11-01-2009, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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she litterally was like "let me show you the grain room and show me what you feed cutter" so i did and she was like " well, were swtching him to this and that and because hes extrememly skinny" and i was like " ooooookay.....". idunno i thought it was weird and rude
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post #4 of 21 Old 11-01-2009, 08:12 PM
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yeah, switching without your permission is a no-no. what if he had allergies, a certain condition, etc, etc. tell her to switch it back and next time discuss it with you first. are all of the horses at your new barn round? that may be why, because your BO isn't used to seeing a trim and fit horse.

he doesn't really need that much weight, either. a lot of muscle, definitely, but a flake or so more of hay a day should do him just fine.
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post #5 of 21 Old 11-01-2009, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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yeah, i think maybe she just prefers fat horses. cutter gets a qt and a half safechoice morning and night, corta flex plus at night, and 6 flakes of hay a day, devided up, odviously.
i dont think that sounds that bad, do you guys?
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post #6 of 21 Old 11-01-2009, 08:32 PM
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He could use a tiny bit of weight, but definitely not 100lbs.
Give him more hay- not grain. Just maybe two or three more flakes of hay a day, grass hay would do just fine.

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post #7 of 21 Old 11-01-2009, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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they also told me i shouldnt do anything but walk him for a couple weeks. which i thought was strange, i walk him all the time and thats how he looks, i think heneeds more then walking lol
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post #8 of 21 Old 11-01-2009, 09:44 PM
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ok so is this one to thin too I think he looks fine just needs some muscle of course I don't like a gobby fat horse anyway
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^ that photo is hard to tell... maybe make your own thread ? instead of hijacking this one :)
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post #10 of 21 Old 11-01-2009, 10:08 PM
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I don't think he looks THAT bad, yah he lacks muscle in the rear, but sometimes horses will lose but gain back due to weather change. Man, if I fed my horses 6 flakes of hay a day they would explode, haha. They only get 2 flakes a day each and still on the plump side.

I totally don't agree with the BO!!! I have never before had to board my horses but if I ran into someone that pushy, I definitely wouldn't be staying there, BUT if that is your only option, then I guess you have to do what you gotta do. You could possibly worm your horse and see if that helps any. By what you say you feed your horse, well he definitely ain't starving. ;)

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