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  • My horse has become boney in hips and shoulders/withers this winter
  • Horse weird boney shoulders

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    10-19-2008, 10:32 AM
Weird Weight?

My gelding was pretty lean, he had a little muscle here and there, and was overall pretty well balanced. Well, its been two or three months now since he's had a regular riding and work out regiment, its been sporadic.

He has plenty of pasture to run on, 60 acres of hills, streams and trees to play in. He's gotten a little pudgy, everywhere. There is a little fat build up around his doc, his ribs have a nice layer over them, you can still fill his ribs but you got to push a little. He looks fine, he looks like he's got his winter weight on but the only thing is, his withers are really bony looking? He's never had that problem before, he's always had nice withers, but on the top of the wither, the bone is completely visible. I'm shocked, the rest of his spine isn't showing. Is it just from lack of muscle or is it something else?

He just got wormed yesterday but before that he hadn't been wormed in four months. He was wormed with Ivermectin last and then Safeguard this time around.

Edited to add
He is a six year old quarter horse gelding.
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    10-19-2008, 05:33 PM
A picture would help alot!!!
Without a picture it sounds to me that he possibly doesn't have muscles up in that area, making the bone visible.....or possibly worms.
    10-19-2008, 10:02 PM
SW -- if worms, why would it be only at the whithers? Doesn't make sense.

The muscle thing makes more sense... what muscles would have to develop to bring that to more normal? Maybe the top line? Maybe since he hasn't been ridden he's lost that back strength and so it's not so much that his whithers are bony, but his back is lower and not supportive..

Agreed a pic would help.
    10-19-2008, 10:08 PM
I don't know lol it's too late for me to think
But yeah I think it's a muscling thing
    10-21-2008, 07:12 AM
Is it possible that something is causing pressure on his wither? I.e. Saddle, saddle blanket, rug etc?
    10-21-2008, 01:01 PM
Without a picture I would also say, lack of muscle. When the shoulders and top line(back) get into shape it tends to make the withers less boney looking.

This guy was off pretty much for a year, you can see his top line isn't great and his wither is quite prominent. When he's in shape his wither seems very low and covered with a bit of muscle. You can also see a bit of hip, again it's lack of work, as you can tell he hasn't missed too many meals.

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