Poppy my camera is charging, so I can't get a pic of Ace, but I have the same issues, hang on I have one from 2 years ago when I got her
She is 19 and has been a broodie for many years, I struggle to get weight on her ribs and top line, she always has a slight pot bellied look, sway backed look to her, no matter what I feed and how often she is wormed.
Yes it is so hard to get weight on her. She gets 4 flakes of hay morning and night and she always leaves some plus cool calories and a ration balancer. Next im trying a probiotic but if that doesn't help as long as she acts like she's feeling good I am going to go with it's a good weight for her.
For a while I thought she was pregnant until the vet came for shots. She used to have a belly just like yours above but no muscle what so ever. When you find the secret that works let me know.
SMROBS great series of pics, and I agree with how you have describe your guys, and your clients guys. Lots of shiny healthy looking horses, but clearly showing the difference between being a healthy pasture puff, a happy trail rider, or the lean endurance fit horses, LOVE IT
Thank you, GH. I'm thankful to have had the opportunity to see so many different styles of horses come through (and having the opportunity to ride/use them LOL).
The darker gray mare that I was riding bareback would have made a fantastic endurance horse, especially considering that she was a QH. I could leave the barn at a lope, lope the 12 mile circle, and when I got back to the barn, she would be sweaty but not lathered and she wouldn't even be breathing hard. Amazing little mare.