Okay, so I was out to the barn to visit my boy Joe today. He's really super furry, and I really can't tell if he's at a good weight. At first glance I thought he looked a little chubby, but I've heard that a winter coat can be very deceiving! I felt his sides and I could feel ribs just a little, and I don't know whether that's normal or not.
I know he's had issues keeping weight on him in the past, but in the two years I've had him, he's been doing fine. I think I just get myself worked up over little things like this, but I want to be sure!
I did have him on a smart choice pellets and joint supplements, but due to weather, school, and work, I have not been able to get out there every day to feed him, so I stopped (it was a very small amount of smart choice - less than one coffee can rim per day). He seems to be doing fine without the supplements, but I'm wondering if he shouldn't be back on the pellets. He's in the pasture 24/7 and is fed hay daily.
I took a couple pictures today, just for fun... I wish I had gotten better ones, but this might give you an idea of his weight. I do think he looks a bit chubbier in real life than in these photos though - they're kind of at an ackward angle.
He's a 20 y/o Appendix QH, by the way, but has more of a thoroughbred's conformation.
Here is a photo of him in early November for comparison (obviously before he got incredibly fluffy). :P
So, what do you think? I know it's very hard to tell, but does he look thinner? I would greatly appreciate any advice, even if someone can explain to me how I can check his weight myself (like is it okay to be able to feel ribs, and if so, how much?). Thanks!