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    04-19-2011, 10:13 PM
  #21
Foal
Yes, he is sedated for the float. His ribs did show just a little tiny bit even before with winter coat and recent weight loss, so it may be his body type...but just show more now, I agree they may always show even if his weight is ideal. The vet is coming out friday, so we will know! It may be a mental thing and he is okie dokie, which I would be fine with too! Thanks all for the input.
     
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    04-23-2011, 12:33 AM
  #22
Weanling
YES he looks thinker to me.

Seeing his "before "pic I think he looks great there. If you wanted to split hairs I think you might say he could be a bit on the plump side but i'd rather have him a hair on the plump side for winter. HE defiantely looks a little thin to me in your "{after" pics. Its not just the ribs but also his hip bones seem to be more prominent, I think his body condition has come down from a 6 to a 4. Also since he still has his winter coat on I would think he will look skinnier when he sheds.

Over all I'd be concerned with the feeding habits of your barn. I'd be concerned with Any feeding program that causes a healthy horse to lose body conditioning so fast. You said they removed the hay did you mean no hay at all now or no "free choice" hay? IF they removed all hay and there is no grass grazing to replace it with that is going to be a problem big time.
Sounds like they are trying to be cheap and HOPING that the grass comes in before the horses lose so much weight that owners start looking to move their horses out. Trouble with that plan is that a lot of the country is in a pretty severe drought and the grass will not come in ontime if there is no rain. Here in southern Mississippi we've had the dryest spring in my memory......
I'd be looking to see what other barns are ava. If they are giving you problems over this God help you is anything serious ever goes wrong....
In my experience if they are basically ignoring your very valid complaint you and your horse could find better accommodations.....
Good luck whatever you decide :)
     
    04-23-2011, 12:33 AM
  #23
Weanling
YES he looks thinner to me.

Seeing his "before "pic I think he looks great there. If you wanted to split hairs I think you might say he could be a bit on the plump side but i'd rather have him a hair on the plump side for winter. HE defiantely looks a little thin to me in your "{after" pics. Its not just the ribs but also his hip bones seem to be more prominent, I think his body condition has come down from a 6 to a 4. Also since he still has his winter coat on I would think he will look skinnier when he sheds.

Over all I'd be concerned with the feeding habits of your barn. I'd be concerned with Any feeding program that causes a healthy horse to lose body conditioning so fast. You said they removed the hay did you mean no hay at all now or no "free choice" hay? IF they removed all hay and there is no grass grazing to replace it with that is going to be a problem big time.
Sounds like they are trying to be cheap and HOPING that the grass comes in before the horses lose so much weight that owners start looking to move their horses out. Trouble with that plan is that a lot of the country is in a pretty severe drought and the grass will not come in ontime if there is no rain. Here in southern Mississippi we've had the dryest spring in my memory......
I'd be looking to see what other barns are ava. If they are giving you problems over this God help you is anything serious ever goes wrong....
In my experience if they are basically ignoring your very valid complaint you and your horse could find better accommodations.....
Good luck whatever you decide :)
     
    04-23-2011, 08:58 AM
  #24
Foal
They do get hay, twice a day. I re-read my prepurchase exam and the vet scored him at a 5. Yesterday the vet said he was a 4-5, and told me his prepurchase was probably a 5-6...I asked her if it was reasonable to want him to be a 5-6 and she said it is very reasonable, she made feeding recommendations including free choice hay all night when stalled. I am very pleased, he will have his round butt again!
I suppose I can kind of understand how my BO thinks he looks ok, the vet said he is on the lean side and some folks like their horses like that. I do not.
     
    04-23-2011, 01:38 PM
  #25
Weanling
RoxanneElizabeth I totally agree with you! I want a round rump and I want the hip bones well covered. I once sold a really nice horse because no matter how much I fed her she always looked thin. I did competitive trail rides with her. I always felt that other horse owners were looking at my horse and thinking "God why does she have that horse so skinny" and "She obviously doesn't have any problem feeding herself enough so why is her horse so skinny?" we floated her teeth wormed her regularity and fed her good hay she just never really bodied up. I was a kid then and if I had her now there are a few tricks I'd try but I digress.....
I think it's your right to have your horse at a decent weight. I don't know if the barn you keep her in is kind of a bargain or pricey but is it's a bargain place perhaps you could offer to pay a little more for an extra hay feeding or buy your own hay and feed her once a day with that .......i really don't know how "barns" that do all the feeding and care really work as I've never had "full service" LOL. Growing up on a budget we always just paid for pasture for our gang and then later when we moved to the country our horses were at home. I sympathize with you in having to let someone else make the feeding decisions for your horse as feeding our babies is a deeply personal thing and to me it represents our love for them.
Good luck and keep us posted on how it turns out :)
     
    04-28-2011, 01:04 PM
  #26
Foal
Free choice options

Since you can't control the feeding choices of the BO then I suggest that you try adding some alfalfa or grass pellets or Total Equine to the feed that you get 2x a day. I would also suggest adding a table spoon of baking soda and a table spoon of whole flax seed to help your horse cope with the extended time between feedings.
     

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