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    09-06-2012, 02:55 PM
  #11
Trained
Kinda hard to see on the pic, tho. The view from behind, I'd give her 3, but the sideview shows a relatively fleshy shoulder and the neck doesn't lack much either. That could bump her up...I think
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    09-06-2012, 03:19 PM
  #12
Weanling
How about you let us know what your current feeding program is. Then maybe someone can recommed some additions or subtractions that might help you get her where you want her.
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    09-06-2012, 03:25 PM
  #13
Green Broke
Here's some links

Queen needs to gain weight

Will floating teeth help weight gain?

These are meant strictly to help other posters to learn about Queen's weight issues.
     
    09-07-2012, 03:26 AM
  #14
Trained
Looking at her overall, I'd guess 4. Her shoulders, point of buttock and hips look well rounded, neck OK, only a hint of ribs through the summer coat. She looks like she could likely do with a bit, but I think people are getting preoccupied with her 'topline' without looking at the rest & thinking of her as skinny, when it is often a body issue that causes their spine to protrude like that, rump to be so angular. She's also a bit cow hocked & straightish hind limbs, which IME can cause more 'definition' to the hind end.
     
    09-07-2012, 08:18 AM
  #15
Green Broke
Well I'm not really judging based on her topline since I have my dear girl that desperately needs a topline. So I know how that can really affect the look. But based off that hind picture I really have to go below a 4. The spine protrudes at the top, it is not rounded at all, and those hips are bothersome.

Below are four pictures of my girl. The first two are from when the vet scored her at a 3 and the last two are from when the vet scored her at a 4. So going by how my vet has scored her I am putting this horse much closer to a 3.

The topline doesn't bother me nearly as much as the hind end.
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    09-07-2012, 08:44 AM
  #16
Yearling
Poppy, are we sure our horses are not related? :)

Is it time to cut back on her grain?
     
    09-07-2012, 08:53 AM
  #17
Green Broke
Haha they sure look like it, don't they. Funny thing I cut Lizzy's grain completely out too. She gets tons of hay and 1.5 lbs of rice bran daily plus her supplements to manage the rest of her health.
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    09-07-2012, 09:50 PM
  #18
Weanling
Poppy, thank you for sticking up for me when I didnt have a chance to get back on here. Spent most of yesterday in the hospital.

To answer questions I have since increased a few things since the last time I posted about Queen needing to gain weight. I am feeding her about 4 lbs of grain a day, I have added SmartPak Gleam and Gain to her diet (feeding as recommended for gaining weight), about a pound (dry weight) of beet pulp that gets soaked, close to 4 pounds of alfalfa cubes (dry weight) that also gets soaked, and all the fresh grass hay she can stand. All of this is being split between 2 meals, except the hay of course. She has access to hay through her slow feeder all day/night. I had a vet score her at a 3/9, he recommended the alfalfa. I have talked to some of the other boarders where I am at on how to get her to gain weight. I am working on it, and I think I finally have a feed regimen worked out that will help her out. Once the heat breaks, or I have the baby, I will work on muscle/toning as I know that will help her as well.

Thank you everyone for your imput, I do appreciate it.
     
    09-07-2012, 10:18 PM
  #19
Green Broke
No problem, I know people can get quite critical here :). I think you have a good plan but that much I would try to get split into three feedings a day. I know how hard this is. How has she been wormed? If you want to pm me I will tell you what I did and you can ask your vet about it but I'm not going to put it here, too many people freak about it lol.
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