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  • Is seeing horses ribs ok
  • Should a 2 yr old gelding have ribs showing or is he 2 skinny

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    04-19-2011, 01:58 AM
No... the dip in his spine and crest in his neck are not ideal...

But as I said, a faint sight of ribs is okay.
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    04-19-2011, 02:27 AM
I cannot see the other picture since I am on my phone, but in regards to only eating twice a day...horses are foragers, which means they need a constant flow of food moving through their guts. Now, I'm not a vet, or an expert, but feeding like that is going to set them up for problems. I.e., ulcurs, weight loss, colic, etc. Maybe you should do a little research as I don't know exact numbers off the top of my head, but I believe for your horses size he should be eating an average of 25ish pounds of food a day, of grain AND hay.
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    04-19-2011, 04:21 AM
I'd say to get some better current pictures of him so we can make a better judgement rather than him standing the way he is. I would still say, ribs showing is never a good thing much to some other's opinions.
    04-19-2011, 04:31 AM
You could try giving him small amounts of hay to get it so that you cannot see his ribs, you should be able to feel them but not see them :)
    04-19-2011, 09:40 AM
He is not losing weight everywhere, still had a cresty neck (a little)...I started him on assurance ration balancer about a week ago too. I wish he could graze all day, but that usn't how they do things at my barn.
Hoping to hear from the vet and have him out friday so I can just KNOW for sure! Thank you for your opinions about whether ribs are ever ok, or not! I know I don't like seeing them.
    04-19-2011, 08:51 PM
No matter how much weight is on my TB, I can always see his ribs once he sheds out. So no, if you can see ribs, it doesn't necessarily mean he's too skinny. This pic was taken a month ago. He sure looks good to me, but right under that winter coat are slightly visible ribs. The entire outline needs to be considered when assessing weight.
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    04-19-2011, 09:13 PM
Originally Posted by riccil0ve    
My mare looks ridiculous when she's sedated,

Why do you say that he is sedated? Just interested.
    04-19-2011, 09:45 PM
My granddaughters gelding has a round barrel, from the front he has a waddle belly, but his ribs also show more than I like.. He is on pasture 24/7 and all the horses are in decent weight, I just can't get coverage over his ribs.. My 32 yr old Appy is a little ribby. He does not have a round barrel, tho he sure did 15-20 yrs ago... However I know he eats an adequate amount of food, tho not much grazing and not a lot of hay due to teeth.

So, while I don't like seeing ribs, I do live with some as long as I know they are in good shape otherwise.. Your horse may not be happy being stalled so much and he probably should have a noon/midday feeding.. Doing so will upset all the other horses inside tho as they won't be getting it. :( Maybe add a fat supplement...
    04-19-2011, 09:51 PM
Originally Posted by AlexS    
why do you say that he is sedated? Just interested.
I had assumed, from his stance and the having his teeth floated that he was sedated for the procedure. I very rarely hear of anyone getting their horse's teeth floated and not sedating them. But again, that is an assumption.
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    04-19-2011, 09:55 PM
If the weight loss is after a diet change, I would assume it is a "bad thing" to see his ribs, although, he isn't terrible. Though, as stated it may be worse when he sheds. If he wasn't as fat as he was in the first picture I'd say it's okay, but it is my opinion that something should be done. Some horses, however, will be fat and show rib at certain angles when they bend/etc.

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