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    09-29-2011, 02:42 PM
Picture Heavy Bag of Bones aka Bob

Tell me what you think about his weight now. When I got him he was very overwieght and at one point started to founder and had a huge crusted neck. I have him at a new place as of sunday the 25th and he's fed twice a day with good quality hay and is loving life.

Here are some pictures: I tried to get the befores and afters in the right spot but you can all probably tell...









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    09-29-2011, 02:43 PM
All the pictures I have posted are after pictures...couldn't find my befores...
    09-29-2011, 03:29 PM
Green Broke
What a hunk! I'd like to say he is fat (which he does need to lose some more weight) but my Haflinger is fatter (sad face). He certainly is a handsome horse!
    09-29-2011, 03:37 PM
Thanks yah he's lost alot. Yep he still needs to loose a bit more but I am able to ride again and finally have a arena to ride an work in so itll help him loose and firm up too
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    09-29-2011, 06:44 PM
Yep, a little chubby still! I had a 16.2 QH 1,500lbs. Who looked more like a draft!
My english saddle looked as tiny as your does!

He is a pretty boy! What breed? He may never really slim down due to
Muscle tone and heavy bone structure, but as long as he's healthy and
Dosen't get overheated too easy who cares? True test is how much does
He lather up when working? My heavy gelding is just stocky, I can ride
For miles without him even breaking a sweat!
    09-29-2011, 09:04 PM
He is a blegian tb.Yah I understand hell never be super skinny because of his breed. He's very healthy, isnt a obssesive sweater, I've ridden him up and down hills and he doesnt breath heavy and only sweats under the saddle a little nothing out of the ordinary.
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    09-30-2011, 12:43 PM
Green Broke
I like him but have you had his sugar or thyroid checked? He looks like he has Equine Metabolic Syndrome (Peripheral Cushings). Check this out:
Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) - CVM - Equine Genetics and Genomics Laboratory, University of Minnesota

The cresty neck, fat deposits around the tail head and the fact that he started to founder are all symptoms of EMS. He has all of this.

I point this out as a concern for his long term health and management thereof.

His conformation is balanced. He is post leggeed behind (over straight hind leg) but has nothing glaringly wrong in that department.

I am much more concerned about his metabolic health.
    09-30-2011, 01:10 PM
I have talked to the vet about the tyroid issue back when he was really overweight. The vet told me if I noticed him not loosing weight to get him tested. I never did because he's lost alot of weight. He doesnt have cushings (i called up my vet who just did his teeth and asked her). He foundered because he was overweight when I got him and then he was put on rich grass ( I had to wait for my grazing muzzle to come in ) when it did he wore it alot.
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    09-30-2011, 01:16 PM
So a poster mentioned post legged. How does that affect a horse or performance because it doesnt bother him. When I have a computer ill read up on ems even though I've talked with my vet.
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    09-30-2011, 01:24 PM
Now im freaking out....obviously you can't correct post leggedness in horses. Its not his fault.
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