Why does he look like this? Need answers! - Page 2
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health > Horse Nutrition

Why does he look like this? Need answers!

This is a discussion on Why does he look like this? Need answers! within the Horse Nutrition forums, part of the Horse Health category

     
    LinkBack Thread Tools
        08-01-2011, 06:45 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    Since I've had him he's always looked like this. I do deworm regularly. He's not usually turned out with other horses or animals.
         
    Sponsored Links
    Advertisement
     
        08-01-2011, 07:00 PM
      #12
    Foal
    You may consider having him checked for ulcers. Usually horses with ulcers have a poor coat which yours does not. But I owned one who was fed very well and had gorgeous hair but had difficulty keeping weight on. It turned out to be ulcers. Just a thought.
         
        08-01-2011, 07:03 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by BoxT    
    You may consider having him checked for ulcers. Usually horses with ulcers have a poor coat which yours does not. But I owned one who was fed very well and had gorgeous hair but had difficulty keeping weight on. It turned out to be ulcers. Just a thought.
    Alright. I think I'm going to have the vet to just give him a check up just to be safe. Maybe I'm worrying over nothing but I just would rather be safe than sorry.
         
        08-02-2011, 09:35 AM
      #14
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DustyDiamond    
    Alright. I think I'm going to have the vet to just give him a check up just to be safe. Maybe I'm worrying over nothing but I just would rather be safe than sorry.
    If your vet is checking him out already it would pay to let him take a fecal test.....just to rule out anything

    God bless!

    P.S. Some horses are just built like that too.
         
        08-02-2011, 09:40 AM
      #15
    Green Broke
    Unfortunately the angle the pic is taken from is not ideal to see much of anything really and in addition his body is bent as he tries to face the camera. Do you have a pic taken from the side where he is looking straight ahead? That will give us a much better vantage point to see what is going on with his topline/weight.

    I think Anabel made a great point about muscle atrophy, even from the dodgy camera angle, his back muscles do appear to be weaker than I would expect even in a horse that is lacking topline. That's great that you have a new saddle that fits but it may be well worth your while to look into some chiro and/or massage therapy if there has been a poor saddle fit previously.

    Cute boy.
         
        08-02-2011, 05:01 PM
      #16
    Started
    Protien does not cause hoof issues sugars and starches do

    What is he eating now?? Weights please not scoops or flakes :)
         
        08-02-2011, 06:21 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by sarahver    
    Unfortunately the angle the pic is taken from is not ideal to see much of anything really and in addition his body is bent as he tries to face the camera. Do you have a pic taken from the side where he is looking straight ahead? That will give us a much better vantage point to see what is going on with his topline/weight.

    I think Anabel made a great point about muscle atrophy, even from the dodgy camera angle, his back muscles do appear to be weaker than I would expect even in a horse that is lacking topline. That's great that you have a new saddle that fits but it may be well worth your while to look into some chiro and/or massage therapy if there has been a poor saddle fit previously.

    Cute boy.
    I'll try and get some more pics of him from the side. I'm not too familiar with massage therapy but sounds like something worth looking into.

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Peggysue    
    protien does not cause hoof issues sugars and starches do

    What is he eating now?? Weights please not scoops or flakes :)
    Protein did cause hoof damage for him and my farrier said he is getting better.
    Right now he gets straight alfalfa, beet pulp, and Diatomaceous Earth. The beet pulp is soaked all day and I just mix the diatomaceous earth in it and make it sloppy enough so he doesn't choke on anything.
         
        08-02-2011, 09:15 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    When you ride him do you make sure his is working properly and rounding his back and "sitting" down on his bum? My arab looked a lot like this when I got him (except thinner too), and now his back and butt are getting nicely rounded. It isn't how much you work them, but how correctly you work them.

    If you don't know how to do this, then I would second anebel's comment about getting a good dressage instructor to help you. Also keep in mind that working correctly takes more energy and muscle than just going along, so expect shorter rides and build up to it. Trying too much too soon can just make them sore and create resistance down the road. Good luck! I hope this helps.
         
        08-02-2011, 09:21 PM
      #19
    Yearling
    ScharmLily, thanks for your input. I know just making him go up hills isn't going to do anything like some people have told me because the fact that whenever I ride I usually ride up and down hills. What you said makes sense and I won't over work him because I don't want to make him resistant when I go to ride him. Thanks
         

    Quick Reply
    Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
    Message:
    Options

    Register Now

    In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

    Already have a Horse Forum account?
    Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

    New to the Horse Forum?
    Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

    User Name:
    Password
    Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
    Password:
    Confirm Password:
    Email Address
    Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
    Email Address:

    Log-in

    Human Verification

    In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


    Old Thread Warning
    This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

    Thread Tools

    Similar Threads
    Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
    Shuffle for Answers! dressagexlee Games 10 08-04-2010 02:33 PM
    newbie looking for answers shaedes Horse Training 10 01-19-2010 08:48 PM
    I need some answers... PaintedBrat Horse Riding Critique 7 12-13-2009 04:12 PM
    Finally getting answers! ... at least I think so... JustDressageIt General Off Topic Discussion 12 12-07-2009 07:29 PM
    Need answers ASAP please =) BackInTheSaddleAgain Horse Tack and Equipment 7 11-21-2009 08:51 AM



    All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:42 PM.


    Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0