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post #1 of 26 Old 03-11-2013, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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yearling a bit on the thin side...

My filly has been fluctuating weight the past couple months, generally between a 4 and 5 on the Henneke body condition chart, which I feel is too thin. I can feel her ribs and her tail head although they seem well covered, her spinal column has decent padding on each side but I would like her to be more rounded (if that makes sense) her hip bones are sticking out a bit more than I want. I am feeding her free choice timothy/northern grass hay and 5lbs ADM JuniorGlo a day with about 1/2lb HealthyGlo stabilized rice bran for added fat/calories, in 2 feedings, along with Dynamite vit/min sup, and Dyna-pro pre/pro biotic. She also gets free choice loose minerals, Dynamites 2:1, 1:1, NTM salt, and Izmine as well as an iodized salt lick, all are offered at all times. She has a little bit of a belly, but has been dewormed, is due again in the next month or so, I may dose them early. Any advice? She is around 500lbs right now, 11 month old welsh/arab filly.

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post #2 of 26 Old 03-11-2013, 02:27 PM
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Do you have any pictures?
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post #3 of 26 Old 03-11-2013, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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I do, however, she has a very thick and fluffy winter coat, and you'd not be able to tell accurately by looking, rather more by actually feeling her..

This is about 2 weeks ago

A month ago (I think she looks ok here although her fluff is hiding what I feel is a bit thin)

I will take a few pics today for reference when I have a chance to get away from the LO.

Maybe I'm just so used to stock horses, but I would like her to have more "padding" than she does right now. She is very active and playful.
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post #4 of 26 Old 03-11-2013, 03:16 PM
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She looks to be in good weight, even though all her fluff is hiding her. It's actually a little preferable for a growing horse to be a bit on the thin side rather than on the pudgy side. I have a 10 month old Paint colt and he is definitely not looking in the muscle department, but you can still feel/see his ribs. He probably weighs around 450-475 currently so he's right up there with your girl.

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post #5 of 26 Old 03-11-2013, 03:47 PM
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She looks fine in the pictures not good for them to be fat i perfer my horses to be at 4 to 4 1/2 on the body score. As long as she got plenty of hay to eat and a good vit/min supplement she will be fine. My horses who are older 10,12,and 26 have lost weight this winter can feel ribs real easly. They just get 24/7 hay and a vit/min supplement they have gotten some grain hit and miss this winter but thats about it. I feed whole oats when i do give grain. I perfer a thin horse over a fat horse too many issues can happen when their too fat.
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post #6 of 26 Old 03-11-2013, 04:05 PM
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you want them thinner while they are growing, fat babies = joint problems as adults.
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OMG wow that black one looks alot like my new gelding take off the front white sock and they could be twins.
your filly looks good but maybe the Fluff is hiding it.
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post #8 of 26 Old 03-11-2013, 06:20 PM
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We have a colt with the same "problem". You can easily feel his ribs and spine. He also has a good sized belly. We tried giving him beet pulp with a little sweet feed. He had a growth spurt where his leg bones grew faster than his tendons did. We had him checked out by the vet and we were told to just give him hay. The extra nutrients in the beet pulp and grain caused his bones to grow too fast. We also had a fecal count done because of his big belly, which made us think he had worms. He came back completely clear of worms.

We've only had two other young ones and that was 6 years ago. So I don't remember if they were like that too. We're going to just keep an eye on ours and maybe its just a baby thing. Once he is closer to 2, I think he'll start building more muscle weight. Here's a pic of him:

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post #9 of 26 Old 03-11-2013, 06:31 PM
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You will problably see weight fluctuations with growth spurts. There butt will shoot up and then the rest catches up. She looks to be heathy :)
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It's called the gawky, gooky stage.
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