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    12-04-2012, 11:54 PM
Weight question. Before/After pictures

When I had to move my horses back to my dad's I was forced with the choice to sell my filly, or keep her at dads with a big difference in the amount of time she would be trained. I traded her to a girl in Louisiana who has trained her for barrel racing. Long story short, she was supposed to send us a black qh gelding who was used as a schooling pony.

What stepped off of the trailor was a bay QH (guessing breed, no papers) gelding who was skittish and shy and had big issues being tied up. This is his picture when he came to us roughly a year ago.

This is him a few days ago

He is much better now, ties OK, rides great, very sweet and has came around really well. He has put on a good bit of weight, but now I'm reading that you shouldnt be able to see the ribs?

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    12-05-2012, 02:26 PM
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If you can see ribs on him perhaps he's wormy. He doesn't look skinny at all, needing muscle but not skinny.
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    12-05-2012, 02:30 PM
He looks a lot better but I'd still like additional weight on him, I don't like to see bone anywhere on mine. He made need de-worming, may need his teeth done and definitely could use some toning up to make him tip top.
    12-05-2012, 02:41 PM
I have had a QH type gelding that no matter how fat he was, you could always see a slight bit of rib in the middle of his barrel. He had amazing topline and was in perfect health and even a little fat at time. Still could see his ribs. Its not that uncommon. Feed him to a body score of a 5 or 5.5 and leave it there. Making him overweight just to cover ribs is a bad idea.
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    12-05-2012, 02:47 PM
He looks fine to me. Also, he's brown, not bay. I love his round butt.
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    12-05-2012, 02:55 PM
Thanks! Didn't know about the color, horse colors are so confusing to me. I just thought he was bay because his legs are black.

He gets worked about every other week, so he is definitely lacking muscle tone. It's been about a year since the vet looked him over and he floated his teeth then.

I will check with dad on when the next worming is and we can do something different for him. When my helmet comes in I can start riding him at least once a week.
    12-05-2012, 06:29 PM
Originally Posted by Conway    
Thanks! Didn't know about the color, horse colors are so confusing to me. I just thought he was bay because his legs are black.
Nah. Most browns have black legs. The lightness on his muzzle, around his eyes, flank, and butt are what indicate brown. He's a very pretty one at that.
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    12-05-2012, 06:33 PM
Originally Posted by Poseidon    
Nah. Most browns have black legs. The lightness on his muzzle, around his eyes, flank, and butt are what indicate brown. He's a very pretty one at that.

I thought, his coloring was called "Seal Brown" ?
    12-05-2012, 06:37 PM
Seal brown = brown. If it makes you feel like your horse is slightly more special by saying seal brown (as many people seem turned off by having a "plain brown" horse. I personally like them quite a bit), have at it. But it's the same thing.
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    12-05-2012, 06:56 PM
I honestly think he looks fantastic. All our TB's show rib and an old Standy at our barn does to, but they have nice top lines and round buts. Not sure why people freak out at the sight of rib, I'm used to it and vet says they are in great weight/shape! Good job putting muscle and lbs on this guy!

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