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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
Didn't see this in the previous posts, so I thought I'd add my input ^_^
Horses generally keep their water supply just in front of their loins and behind their barrel, and when they are 'full up' and well hydrated, there is a smoothness or even a slightly rounded feel to that area. Your girl may just of been a bit dehydrated =] I believe that would be very possible, considering that she seemed to become like that almost overnight. There isnt a whole lot you can do about it- and many horses do tend to not drink enough water in the winter (one of our older mares does this every year x]) so don't worry about it too much. Just keep offering her water, or if she seems really dehydrated (ie, her gums arent the right color, you can pinch her skin into a tent, etc) you can always try to add some gatorade, a teaspoon of molasses, or something else she enjoys to her water in hopes of encouraging her to drink! The worming was definately a good idea though. Its better safe than sorry ^_^
I really like her conformation though, besides the really high withers. (do you have any saddle issues?) She seems neatly put together although I do agree that she could use a bit of muscling and more fat. She looks like she may be one of those 'hard to keep' horses, so I can totally understand. She isnt severely underweight or anything though so thats great! Just keep up with the muscling exercises and such.
and just as another side note, I see nothing wrong with her hooves- though I'm no expert ^_^
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