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post #1 of 2 Old 04-12-2012, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
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Weight Question

Hello, all! I have 2 geldings. One is a 5 year old Paint who is 15hh, and the other is a 9 year old Palomino Quarterhorse who is 16hh. I am a new horse owner, we bought them both in December 2011.

In February, we had a vet out because the Paint had a snotty nose. She told us at that time that both horses were in 'OK' condition, but she thought they each could stand to gain about 50 lbs.

I was a little stunned by that, because they don't look underweight to me at all. We changed feeds on her recommendation to one with a higher fat content and increased the amount by 1/2 scoop, also per her recommendation.

I am not seeing a whole lot of change. Went out with the tape today, since they are going to the vet Saturday for floating, and the Paint is 820 lbs. And the Palomino is 1030lbs.

They are not active as of now- pasture 24/7, free choice hay, and 4 lbs of feed with 6% crude fat twice a day.

Looking for opinions please???
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post #2 of 2 Old 04-12-2012, 05:43 PM
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You'll definitely run into lots of different opinions on what looks like a healthy weight and it can be especially hard to "eyeball" a horse's condition when they have their winter coat.

The general rule is that you shouldn't be able to easily see the ribs, but you should be able to feel them. And as with people, being slightly underweight is better than being overweight.
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