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post #1 of 14 Old 11-27-2008, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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What body score would you give this guy?

Here is a picture of our old guy when we got him. What body score would you give him? This is with a VERY thick (like a double thick) winter coat.
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post #2 of 14 Old 11-27-2008, 08:25 PM
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Looks about a 3-4 to me, depending on how much his coat disguises. Here's one of many 'score charts' on the net... Horses - Body Condition Scoring - Equiworld - Equestrian Information - horses and ponies on the internet
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post #3 of 14 Old 11-27-2008, 08:27 PM
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Wow :( poor guy. A 2 maybe?
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post #4 of 14 Old 11-27-2008, 08:32 PM
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He looks like a 3... maybe a 2.
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post #5 of 14 Old 11-27-2008, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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His coat was hiding a LOT.

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Looks about a 3-4 to me, depending on how much his coat disguises. Here's one of many 'score charts' on the net... Horses - Body Condition Scoring - Equiworld - Equestrian Information - horses and ponies on the internet

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post #6 of 14 Old 11-27-2008, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Here is a picture of him about 4 months later. You can see how much his top line has filled in and how much better it looks over his tail.
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post #7 of 14 Old 11-27-2008, 08:42 PM
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Considering that he has a winter coat on, I'd say a solid 2. If it's a summer coat, or nearly shed out winter coat, then I'd say a 3.

I personally like my horses at a 4 to 4.5 in the spring & summer, then fatten them up to 5-5.5 in the late fall and winter. They just move better and seem happier a little on the thin side.
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post #8 of 14 Old 11-27-2008, 08:51 PM
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Ottakee -- did you rehab him? Great job. He completely turned around. Bet he loves you up all the time now!
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post #9 of 14 Old 11-27-2008, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, we got him back into shape. BJ is a 30 year old 16hh QH gelding. The first picture was not even the worst and the 2nd picture was mid summer--he has even more muscle now. He has only 7 teeth left so gets a mash 3-4 times a day.

My girls got him as their own personal therapeutic riding horse. After some groceries they started riding him for 5 minutes at a time at a walk. By mid summer he was doing 1 hour easy trail rides with some brief bits of trotting and loping in there. He would still jump if I let him (or my girls) try it.

This is the one that gave us an ulcer scare 2 weeks ago but he seems to be on the mend now and the girls are back to riding him lightly again.

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post #10 of 14 Old 11-27-2008, 09:59 PM
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I know nothing about 'body scores' but he looks wonderful, glad to see someone give him what he needs and that your daughters are getting some enjoyment out of him.
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