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    07-02-2010, 02:34 AM
  #1
Foal
What would cause my arab to loose this much weight?? is it healthy??

So I got an arab in the summer of 2009, a year ago in June. He was very over weight then. He was kept at a farm where he lived with his mom, for 13 years they were together, she sadly passed away so they decided to sell him. When he was there he was barely ridden. He was fat for awhile, in our care, but I did notice a slight change in his weight. We then moved him to a stable that was further away, here he was with more horses (so there were many pecking orders). But I did get out a lot to exercise him, would exercise cause this much weight loss?? Or would it be stress?? Unfortunately the people who owned him before me never took him to the vet, so my new vet didn't see the weight change, he said he seems to be healthy though. But I'm really concerned. I mean he still has a gut but his ribs and spine show, plus his hip bones have really gotten noticeable. I love him very much, and really to be honest, I miss the chubby one :(

Heres a picture of him before, and after.

Excuse his bad grooming in the after picture! :( It's in the spring when his winter coat was just comin off.

If it is because he is stressed, should I move him to a closer stable where he'll be with less horses and I can spend more time with him?? OR is it exercise and should I just give him supplements? People said he looks really good now, and that he's startin to look like an arab.
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    07-02-2010, 02:50 AM
  #2
Trained
That is quite a change. I wouldn't be happy with that weight - he isn't emaciated but he doesn't have a very good covering over his bones. The gut isn't generally the best way to judge weight - it is more about the cover over the ribs, along the spine, the rump, etc.

He is overweight in the first photo, but also looks to have much more muscle mass than in the second.

What are you feeding him? How much turnout does he get? What sort of riding are you doing?
     
    07-02-2010, 03:22 AM
  #3
Weanling
I agree he is sorta thin.
     
    07-02-2010, 04:18 AM
  #4
Yearling
Starting to "look like an arab" is not right, unless you expect all arabs to be scrawny! He is underweight. I would body score him about a 3.5, MAYBE squeaking a 4. If I got this horse in at my rescue he would be fecal tested and given a power pack to deworm him. I'd also run a Sand clear through him because I betcha he's got a belly full of sand. I would put him on full pasture/forage and give him a vitamin supplement in some senior feed with some oil on top.

I am glad to see you are questioning it! He is overweight in the first pic but he looks much better than in the second. Do you have any recent pictures of him?
     
    07-02-2010, 09:57 AM
  #5
Foal
He defiantly does not look good in the second picture, you can see his ribs, spine and hip popping out, overall his topline looks weak, which is never good if your ridding him alot, what is he being fed now?

I wouldn't even call him being that overweight in the first, he looks like he's good and ready to be worked. He looks HEALTHY.
     
    07-02-2010, 10:27 AM
  #6
Banned
When was the last time you had his teeth checked? Horses can dramatically drop weight when their teeth need to be floated.

When was he last dewormed? A heavy worm load, especially tapeworms, can make him drop weight.

Is he being fed in a group setting, or separately? If it's in a group setting, he's not getting his fair share. You'll need to feed him by himself, in a stall.

Any or all of these could be contributing factors to why this horse looks so poorly. I'm appalled by the second picture.

Yes, he was a little overweight in the first picture, but you should never see the spine or hipbones jutting out of the flesh like that on a horse.

That horse looked like a healthy Arabian in the first picture. In the second, I just see a sad, starved animal. Anyone who would tell you he 'looks great' now is an idiot.
     
    07-02-2010, 10:53 AM
  #7
Yearling
Wow that's drastic and these are recent enough or has he lost any more weight? There is something wrong internally I would worm him 5day panacur then get his teeth checked and maybe a ulcer check.

Is he getting good quality feed and not being bullied away from it?
     
    07-02-2010, 11:05 AM
  #8
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by brookesloveofbaker    

Excuse his bad grooming in the after picture! :( It's in the spring when his winter coat was just comin off.

If it is because he is stressed, should I move him to a closer stable where he'll be with less horses and I can spend more time with him?? OR is it exercise and should I just give him supplements? People said he looks really good now, and that he's startin to look like an arab.
Do you have a more recent photo?

As far as moving him again - when was he moved? Some horses take a while to settle in - some settle in immediately.
     
    07-02-2010, 11:08 AM
  #9
Foal
The people who told you that he is looking good don't know what they are talking about. He needs to look like he did in the first picture. Go through what has been written earlier - it's all good advice.

The only thing I want to add is I had a grey arab mare that was always an easy keeper. She unexplainably started loosing weight, we increased her feed and all but it didn't help. I had the vet run a blood test but it came back good except her liver functions were a little off. 6 months later we had to have her put down - long story - and we had her body examined afterwards and she had a big tumor in her liver, and a lot of tumors in her body. The vet said this is what was probably causing the weight loss. Gray horses get tumors, he is a little young and I don't think this is the problem, I think it is something that has been listed above, but if non of the other stuff works, keep this in mind.

First off though If you can move him closer to you, do so and make sure he is wormed good, not feed with other horses, and get his teeth checked.

Good Luck!
     
    07-02-2010, 12:43 PM
  #10
Foal
I am going to have the vet come out, then have his teeth done. But I have noticed a increase in weight now that he is out on pasture. When I ride it's nothing HARD I just go on a light trail ride, he likes trails. He's really a great horse and I really feel mean to have to see his body like that :( He doesn't get supplements now but I am going to put him on some if people recommend some it would help. He is on pasture from 6 am to 9 pm. Then he is given great quality round bales..but when he has the bales I see him hiding cause he is scared of the other horses :( I'll post a recent picture
     

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