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    05-08-2009, 08:15 PM
Weight/Body Critique

My girl's not near as thin as she was say... a week or two ago... and personally, I think she looks pretty good, though I'll be the first to admit she does need to put on a few more pounds in both weight and muscle. I haven't been riding her hardly at all (I think I've only ridden her once since the second week of April... and that ride was for maybe... twenty minutes...). She isn't getting anything grain-wise except for when we ride (thus, she currently isn't getting any grain... I don't have the money to feed her consistently through summer when there's plenty of green grass to eat...). She's on 24/7 pasture grass.

I'm not too worried over her weight, though, because she gets thin at the beginning of every summer (and has been doing so since '06). Her teeth currently do not need floated and she is up to date on deworming. She's on the 'getting older' side at 15 years last month. She is healthy, just thin.

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    05-08-2009, 08:18 PM
Green Broke
Mm, idk. Personally I think she needs about 100+ pounds. The rear end picture of her does not look healthy to me at all?
    05-08-2009, 09:04 PM
I think she needs some considerable plumping up. She looks awfully thin and, as previously mentioned, her back end looks very under-muscled.
    05-08-2009, 09:15 PM
She needs a lot more weight. 15 is not that old for a horse, and that's no excuse for a thin horse. Two of my horses are 20 and 19, and they are still maintaining a healthy weight. She needs to be fed more, and if she is a horse that has problem gaining weight then you need to give her special care, and that would probably mean feeding her during the summer to give her something more than just grass.
    05-08-2009, 09:24 PM
I'm not using her age as an excuse... I know that 15 isn't that old, but to me, at fifteen a horse is beginning to get a bit older...

I am looking into some sort of senior feed... Usually, she fattens up into a huge fat wad around the end of May... If I can find a good FRM feed that doesn't cost about twenty dollars a bag, then I will start buying it... but I don't have the money to go all out and buy a 20 dollar bag of feed every two weeks.

Next time I buy feed, it will be something better than regular sweet feed.

Any suggestions on something that isn't too expensive and will help her gain some weight?
    05-08-2009, 11:01 PM
Green Broke
Im NOT trying to be rude, but if you can't even afford to feed your horse properly, don't you think its in the horses best interest to be owned by someone who can?
    05-08-2009, 11:38 PM
There is nothing wrong with keeping a horse on a budget. I understand wanting to $ave when there is plenty of pasture grass out there. However, where you DO spend your money then becomes very important.

I would advise not to be buying sweet feed at all actually. I don't know what feed is available or how much it costs in your area, but there are many options to look at. Search the forum for "weight" and you'll find LOTS of suggestions from people more knowledgeable than I. I personally have used a 12% supplement, a mare/foal supplement, beet pulp, vegetable oil and natural meds for various horses that have had various weight problems. Sometimes even throwing a bale of hay in amongst all that grass is a help too. I too maintain my horses on a budget, so I am careful with what I buy and I watch carefully to see if it is effective or not.
    05-09-2009, 12:21 AM
Does the veg. Oil help much? 'Cause that's pretty much the one thing I could probably get really easily and at a lower price.

I need to look at the FRM feeds that the feed store has and find one that is about equal in fat and protein...
    05-09-2009, 12:41 AM
Hmmm, well after reading your posts and seeing the pictures.... well you say she is super thin right after winter, then that says your hay isn't of good quality or you are not feeding as much as you should. If this is how she appears when on pasture, then your pasture is inadequate. (too many weeds, over grazed, dried out perhaps? Remember bleached hay or grass has lost it's nutrients, if yellow. I am sorry but your horse is very underweight, and needs a serious feeding program. I have done quite a few rescues that look like your horse, and it does cost money to get them where they should be at in weight. I have to agree with the other posts, you can see every rib on her, her backend and tailhead scream poverty lines. I really think you should consider your horses welfare. She is not old at 15, but, she will age rapidly if kept in that condition. I had a rescue horse come to me at 25yrs old with no teeth, he could not eat hay, and within the year my vet scolded me that he was kinda fat. He lived to be 33yrs old. I am sorry, that sometimes the truth hurts.
    05-09-2009, 12:55 AM
There is a very big problem. That horse is starving.

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