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post #1 of 26 Old 04-19-2011, 01:47 AM Thread Starter
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Can see my geldings ribs

The barn we are at took away free choice hay a couple weeks ago and since then my gelding has gotten more ribby. He is a stout guy and a tad sway backed with a tummy (I just got his March 1), here is a pic while having his teeth floated a couple days ago, he is standing funny, but you can see the ribs I am talking about. Are some horses just ribby even if their weight is ok?
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post #2 of 26 Old 04-19-2011, 02:08 AM
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Yes I can see them. And no, you should not be able to see ribs.
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post #3 of 26 Old 04-19-2011, 02:12 AM
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Why was their hay taken away? It looks like it's still cold enough in this picture that there cannot be THAT much grass growing already. I'd say once he sheds out, you'd be surprised at his body condition. I suppose if he is very wide barreled..then maybe he can still be at a good weight and ribby. The Body Scoring Scale goes like this: 1 is emaciated, and deff not this horses case, 5 is ideal, where you can feel the ribs, but not see them, and 9/10 is obese, where you cannot feel the ribs. Now, my horse has a very narrow barrel so looking at him from the front, he looks super skinny, but from the side he looks fat lol and you can't see any of his ribs.
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Thanks for your response. I am having a bit of difficulty communicating with the BO, she doesn't seem to agree with me about this. I realize he may be adjusting to being fed twice a day and it may take a little time to even out but I don't care for the fact that I am being met with resistance when I try to talk about it with her. I am arranging to have the vet look at him on friday, I am hoping they recommend he gain some weight to settle this.
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Well, they removed free choice hay for all of the stall horses a couple weeks ago, it has been in the 40s-50s lately, they get fed 2x a day. There is no grass for grazing, they don't eat during the day nor will they all summer, just eat twice a day.
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It is okay to see a faint outline of ribs. It is not okay for a horse to lose unnecessary weight after a diet change.

Also, is he *really* ribby, or just appearing to be? He is sedated, all his muscles in his back and over his ribs will relax and "sink." My mare looks ridiculous when she's sedated, but that's not really what she looks like. The ribbiness you see here could be an illusion.
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No, you can see them pretty much all the time, my trainer hasn't seen him for a couple weeks and she noticed it too.
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here is a pic from right before I moved him over, ,of course the angle is different and he has his winter coat...
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Mayhaps it's just the angle, but he looks rather obese in the "before" picture. The "after" picture is a much healthier weight, in my opinion.
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post #10 of 26 Old 04-19-2011, 02:31 AM Thread Starter
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Well, the vet said at prepurchase that he was ideal (around time of 2nd pic), and it can be deceptive because he is stout & big boned, I think that is why it is hard for my BO to believe he is a little thin now. I believe he is a tad thin, my question here is more, is it ever ok for the ribs to show...according to the scoring it is my understanding that if the ribs show they are a 4.
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