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    07-16-2012, 07:22 PM
Exclamation Narrow or Underweight?

My horse is very narrow barreled. I can't feel her ribs either!
But seeing her next to my friend's horse who is only .1 hh taller than her..
She's 915 and he's 1600
She's 15.3 hh and he's 16 hh
They're both STBs and the same age

Riding her is painful because I have nothing to grip. Please tell me if she's underweight!
The first few pictures are of them next to each other. Sorry for bad pics
1st pic- we're on the right
2nd pic- we're on the left
3rd pic- we're on the left (that pic I can really se the difference in their chests)
The last picture is the most recent one
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    07-16-2012, 07:30 PM
Your mare is in very good weight for her body style. The difference in size is likely just due to the different lineage that they carry. Even horses of the same lines can carry different genes and look totally different.

Truthfully, just judging by those pictures, I would say that your friend's horse is on the verge of being pretty darn overweight.
    07-16-2012, 07:31 PM
X) oh thank goodness. I was freaking out over here thinking I needed yo up her grain AGAIN
Thank you!!!
    07-16-2012, 08:31 PM
Your horse's weight is good, the other horse is chubby. I read in a horse magazine, that most people will think a proper weight horse is underweight & an overweight horse is fine, North Americans like chubby things apparently.
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    07-16-2012, 08:34 PM
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Hahaha....funny.....waresbear.....but yeah she's looking very fit. Your friends horse though.....chubbers
    07-16-2012, 08:34 PM
Well, there is an old saying that "Fat looks good on everything except humans" .
    07-16-2012, 08:37 PM
Green Broke
Your horse looks fine.
I find it hard to believe your friend's horse is 1600#.
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    07-16-2012, 08:41 PM
Yeah. He's stocky in a tall way?? She's dainty in a strong way, if that even makes sense
    07-16-2012, 09:58 PM

Yes, your horse is by no means thin & if you can't even feel ribs, likely a bit too fat. But am I missing something? I don't know how anyone can judge the other horse from those pics.
    07-16-2012, 10:00 PM
Originally Posted by loosie    

Yes, your horse is by no means thin & if you can't even feel ribs, likely a bit too fat. But am I missing something? I don't know how anyone can judge the other horse from those pics.
Well I can feel her ribs if I push, but just a light rub won't show any ribs

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