Originally Posted by NdAppy
Like was said earlier, the belly should not be used to determine weight alone, which it sounds like you are doing.
He needs more muscle, which means more food along with work. If you just up his work to build muscle, he will lose weight.
I am not going to be or claim to be perfect in this but I have talked to alot of people at one time or another and I have gathered that there are people that have horses that know enough them to take care of them very well, then there are those who are more on the expert level maybe. It seems that those that know enough to be able to own and care for them properly have done just fine over they many many yrs. I would say I would be one of those who will know enough that my horse will be fine and surely won't go hungry , his feet will be well taken care of, coggins, worming, and so forth. I won't be one that will work my horse out a lot other than riding him and really I don't get to ride but a few times a month at most right now. So what are the other ways to build muscle working him out? I guess google will help me with alot of these answers as well as different people will have different theories. So no I 'm not using his belly to judge how healthy he is, but I know he is getting at least close to the amount he needs to eat and surlely aint a starving, poor horses. I just like the looks I have seen from some other horses and want mine to have a little more of a belly while still feeding him enough
For those who want to let me know how much grain you feed daily that's fine and comment on my previous questions before this last reply