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        09-11-2013, 09:28 AM
    If the horse is truly underweight it wouldn't just hurt a horse (by putting lots of stress on it's heart and lungs, as well as legs and back), it would also hurt my self-respect to ride one. There is such a thing as compassion. You (general you) is NOT forced to the physical stress when you are malnourished and/or sick, and neither should be any live creature!
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        09-11-2013, 10:45 AM
    I would say body score is between 1.5 and 2.
        09-11-2013, 11:26 AM
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    I would consider it to be outright cruelty to ride a horse that was a 1.5 - 2 body score. A slightly ribby (as in, you can see the outline of the first 3 or 4 ribs) horse with free access to plenty of good food is one thing, an emanciated horse is another entirely.
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        09-11-2013, 11:29 AM
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    Originally Posted by ilikehorses2    
    Does it hurt the spine? What else?
    Anyone with any lick of sense wouldn't need anymore reason than this.
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        09-11-2013, 11:44 AM
    May I ask what is the purpose of the thread?

    As Cat already said it's just a common sense NOT to work out a starving (or sick) animal.
        09-11-2013, 11:48 AM
    I know somebody who wants to ride their underweight horse...
        09-11-2013, 11:51 AM
    Originally Posted by ilikehorses2    
    I know somebody who wants to ride their underweight horse...
    So do you need some facts to go talk to them? Just tell him/her that horse can die or be injured permanently. And that it's simply abusive and inhumane to ride an emaciated animal.
        09-11-2013, 11:53 AM
    Thank you!
        09-11-2013, 11:54 AM
    Good luck! Hopefully he/she will listen (unfortunately many people don't :( ).
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        09-11-2013, 12:13 PM
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    Did this friend just buy the horse or did he/she allow it to become this thin themselves? If they're the ones that allowed the animal to get that thin in the first place (if it truly is a 1.5), maybe you ought to be calling your local humane association or something... there is never an excuse for your horse to be so thin that it's spine, ribs, and hips are showing.

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