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post #1 of 11 Old 08-29-2011, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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Cresty neck?

Our buckskin mare was rather heavy when we first bought her. She is pretty trim now, but she still has what people call a fat or cresty neck. It isn't hard, it's fairly flexible but it doesn't flop around either. Someone suggested that I need to sweat her, but I would like other opinions. It doesn't seem to affect her and she doesn't show any signs of illnesses that it could be a symptom of. Her previous owner said she's always had a fat neck and suggested it was just part of her build.
She is a 14 year old 14.3h grade quarter horse mare we use for western pleasure and trail riding.
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post #2 of 11 Old 08-30-2011, 02:44 PM
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Unless you are planning to show her, I wouldn't worry about it. It's not affecting her health - although she still looks fairly fleshy. Some more trimming down may help. I can see in the second picture you posted that she has fat-deposits at her tail head which suggests she may still be chuckier than you may think. :)
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she still seems a bit chunky, more exercise to build muscle will help trim her down. I wouldn't sweat her neck though unless you are going to show, it's uncomfortable for the horse. Plus she will just look awkward if her neck is toned and thin and the rest of her is a bit fleshy. She's not obese by any means, but I think more muscle will help her burn off some of the excess fat.
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post #4 of 11 Old 08-30-2011, 04:44 PM
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Have you had her thyroid levels checked?
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post #5 of 11 Old 08-30-2011, 05:32 PM
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I agree that she is still fairly...plump LOL. Some more trimming down would help quite a bit. However, some horses are naturally more prone to being cresty, depending on their breeding.

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post #6 of 11 Old 08-30-2011, 07:22 PM
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She looks insulin resistant to me. Obviously can't diagnose that over the Internet from a couple of photos, but I would definitely discuss it with your vet.
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post #7 of 11 Old 08-31-2011, 12:17 AM
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Ditto others. She's still quite overweight, and while she'll likely never lose the crest (and you shouldn't sweat her neck or anything like that), it does predispose her to things like equine metabolic syndrome. I'd talk to a vet about a specialized treatment/feed/exercise plan for your horse.
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post #8 of 11 Old 08-31-2011, 02:27 AM Thread Starter
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She is a chunky monkey, I know. We're working with her to get her conditioned and have her up to 2 hour trail rides without sweating or blowing hard. We have cut back on her feed and a vet did examine her, but I will take your advice and have him take another look at her. She's the sweetest thing, we just want her to be happy and healthy.
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post #9 of 11 Old 08-31-2011, 02:42 AM
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Ditto me too. with the butt pillows and such. However, she is really a nicely built horse. Good conformation and when she slims down and tones up, she is going to knock 'em dead.
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post #10 of 11 Old 09-01-2011, 11:32 AM
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Definitely get your vet involved and talk over your feeding program, insulin resistant or not. IR, hypertheroidism, and similar metobolic issues are common and it's just figuring out how to manage it best. A Magnesium supplement, like Quiessence is often used for cresty-necked horses.
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