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post #11 of 20 Old 07-08-2010, 03:06 PM
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I also prefer my horses just a bit on the plump side. I don't really know why, they just look better to me when they are a little on the heavy side rather than the thin side.

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post #12 of 20 Old 07-08-2010, 03:56 PM
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You are all very fortunate. I am worried to death about getting weight off of 2 if not 3 horses. The pony is the worst I'd post a pic but I'm dumb. Anyway as I eat this 100.000 grand candy bar I await hubby to help me fit a grazing muzzle on Montana. If he keeps it on I'll get one for Skip my QH main riding horse. My eldest is 23, is also too fat but gosh he has been s healthy for so long I almost hate to mess with him. Our o ther horse anther large pony is perfect, he has a brain and knows when to quit!. Wish me luck I am going to need it. I am worried about founder among other things. Those muzzles look confusing that's why I await husband who tinkers with phone he took apart.
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post #13 of 20 Old 07-08-2010, 04:25 PM
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I think it depends on how they feel, too. My Arab mare is a little too thin, you can see a few ribs(my fat pony keeps stealing her hay), but I think she feels healthy and energetic, so I don't worry about it unless she starts looking droopy. If she has enough energy to buck on trails, she feels fine. :P
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post #14 of 20 Old 07-08-2010, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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You are all very fortunate. I am worried to death about getting weight off of 2 if not 3 horses. The pony is the worst I'd post a pic but I'm dumb. Anyway as I eat this 100.000 grand candy bar I await hubby to help me fit a grazing muzzle on Montana. If he keeps it on I'll get one for Skip my QH main riding horse. My eldest is 23, is also too fat but gosh he has been s healthy for so long I almost hate to mess with him. Our o ther horse anther large pony is perfect, he has a brain and knows when to quit!. Wish me luck I am going to need it. I am worried about founder among other things. Those muzzles look confusing that's why I await husband who tinkers with phone he took apart.
Wow....that's pretty bad....keep us posted on how things go.

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post #15 of 20 Old 07-08-2010, 05:30 PM
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I keep my horses a bit on the chunkier side. You never know when they might get sick, go off feed for some reason, or if the weather gets cold. I live in Minnesota, so it is pretty important in the winter for them to have some extra body fat to keep them warm.

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post #16 of 20 Old 07-08-2010, 06:23 PM
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I prefer the look of a plumper horse, But I know it isn't as healthy. My dad is a farmer in Australia so he has dealt with drought his whole life - A skinny animal is abbhorrent to him. I constantly argue with him about how much the horses need to eat - The second I start getting them down to a healthy weight he starts feeding them back up again!

However, they aren't obese, so I don't make a huge deal out of it. At least they are out 24/7 so they are moving, I would be much more concerned if they were stalled.

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post #17 of 20 Old 07-08-2010, 06:38 PM
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a tad underweight is healthier long term but heaven forbid a underweight one get sick and go off it's feed or take a ride hard then you play hell getting the weight back on

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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post #18 of 20 Old 07-08-2010, 11:50 PM
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I would probably prefer underweight to overweight, but to be honest, I don't care for either; both have their risks. Obesity carries more actual health problems, as a general rule, but as has been mentioned, if a horse that is a tad underweight, gets sick, you may have issues putting weight back on later. I guess I'd rather have to put weight back on, than to run the risk of founder, though.

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post #19 of 20 Old 07-09-2010, 12:33 AM
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If you are considering a horse's health, any vet will tell you it is underweight. . .
Now, visually what is appealing, which doesn't even matter, yes, a bit overweight looks better.

If you read any true study on equine health, you will see there is no debate on which is better - if you must choose - for the horse's health.
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post #20 of 20 Old 07-09-2010, 01:14 AM
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I live in a state where I have snow and cold 8 months of the year. I would rather my horses go into winter fat- they will lose weight by the end of spring, no matter how good the hay is.

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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