Originally Posted by northernmama
Definitely not fat. Out of shape and I think underweight actually. Like you say, maybe you think she's fat because of the fur, but her neck is thin, her back looks like it may be peaked and her rump is definitely not roundish. Also, when a horse is out of shape, it can be easier to think they are fat because things are nice and tight and shiny.
BTW, it's hard to tell with the photos, but maybe her front toes are long?
As for stall rest, unless it's a broken bone (generally speaking) I'm completely against it. I've seen the harm it's done and I say: turn her out with free choice hay! It'll do her far more good than being cooped up in a stall.
The farrier come out Tuesday, she gets new shoes every 6 weeks on the dot
She has a 12X12 stall and a 12X24 paddock so she isn't just in a stall anymore ... Yeah she is out of shape right now ... up until about October she was is GREAT shape and then with the holidays and hurting herself she has turned into a lean mean eating machine! Lol
I feed at night and she gets 2 flakes (one alfalfa and one mixed grass) and then a scoop and a half of Strategy and her vitamins in that... in the am she gets 1.5-2 flakes.
One she is sounds again, I will continue to work on her muscle, I wish I had a hill but I don't so lots of trotting for us!