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    04-21-2010, 10:09 AM
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Weanling
Which is worse - overweight or underweight?

I'm just curious on your opinions. The other day I had someone tell me that they were concerned about my horse being underweight, but I took it with a grain of salt because her horses are really overweight. I've even heard the vet tell her that her horses need to lose weight but she disagrees. As for my horse, you can feel her ribs if you press along her sides (not if you are just petting) and you can sort of see ribs when she is stretched out and even then you can only see them slightly. I try to be pretty conscience about her weight so I didn't pay much attention to the comments I was given but they did get me thinking about the subject.
     
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    04-21-2010, 10:39 AM
  #2
Showing
I'd personally prefer them a little underweight than grossly obese, although having them at the ideal weight for their frame is what all of us should shoot for.

Being overweight is extremely hard on horses and can lead to all sorts of back, leg, and general health issues. Just like people!

As long as your vet is happy with your horse's weight, ignore what some random person says.
     
    04-21-2010, 11:06 AM
  #3
Trained
I like my horses lean and in shape. To some, it looks "thin" but in reality, it just means my horse isn't as fat as theirs. This is my mare in her "peak"condition last summer. She has since gained weight but I will soon begin the process of getting her back in shape.

     
    04-21-2010, 11:14 AM
  #4
Trained
Agree with the others. It's actually healthier for them to be slightly underweight than overweight. People just love to see fat horses, and fat dogs, fat cats, fat kids, fat everything. I don't get it, but whatever. Your horse sounds fine and if your vet thinks his weight is good then you're great.

I usually just ignore those people anyways. Or if they really bother me I tell them that thier animal is obese so their time is better spent dealing with that then telling me what to do.
     
    04-21-2010, 11:23 AM
  #5
Green Broke
A horse being overweight risks many more far-reaching health problems than a horse being underweight. And underweight horse just needs fed. An overweight horse is risking laminitis, joint disease, overstressed heart and lungs, less efficient cooling of body temperatures, fatty liver and other organs that can interfere with organ function, not to mention insulin resistance and other chronic, long term health issues.
     
    04-21-2010, 11:25 AM
  #6
Banned
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Originally Posted by Indyhorse    
A horse being overweight risks many more far-reaching health problems than a horse being underweight. And underweight horse just needs fed. An overweight horse is risking laminitis, joint disease, overstressed heart and lungs, less efficient cooling of body temperatures, fatty liver and other organs that can interfere with organ function, not to mention insulin resistance and other chronic, long term health issues.
The same degree of risks applies in both situations. When you have a grossly emacitated horse, there can be kidney/liver damage, damage to the heart and lungs, future digestion and immunity problems as well as possible bone breakage.
     
    04-21-2010, 11:38 AM
  #7
Weanling
I agree with all of your comments. I am the same way with our dog - her weight hasn't changed more than a pound in 3 years! I just think it is healthier to keep animals slightly lean and I think it is hard on them to carry a lot of extra weight. I do, however put a little bit extra on my horse going into winter as I do not blanket.
     

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