I'm going by this when I say all of this: http://www.habitatforhorses.org/resc...dyscoring.html
I see a lot of horses on here, where the people say that the horse needs to gain weight. The horses are happy and healthy, the horse's coat is gleaming with health. The eyes are bright. And as for the fat... well... no ribs are visable, the flanks are fine in roundness, you can easily see that the horse is in absolutely no NEED to gain weight! That (according to the Body Scoring chart above), the horse is at a 5 or a 6. If anything... the horse needed to LOSE a bit of weight. And yet... several people begin saying that the horse is EXTREMELY thin and needs to gain weight.
No... I can't go up and examine the horse. It's impossible through a computer. But picture-wise, the horse was absolutely fine compared to ALL standards!
Personally... I don't like huge horses. I like Drafts... but that's different. When it comes to Arabians, Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds, and other such LIGHT horses... the horse's aren't supposed to look like drafts or ponies. And yet... I see a ton of people, who think that a horse with a tiny bit of rib showing, is going to die, so they stuff it with food, to make it as round as a fat old pony that doesn't do much of anything. Those light horses are naturally light. Think about Arabians in the desert. HEALTHY horses... YET... they're slender and graceful, not fat like little ponies waddling around.
If you put a horse out, so that it had enough food at it's readiness (not sweet feed, not specialized hay, but grass, grass hay, and FOOD that horses naturally eat), you won't find horses lumbering around, with giant butts, and that are a 5 or a 6 on the body scoring. Normally... you'd find more like a 4. That's what many healthy, natural horses are at. Not all. But many.
Honestly people. Putting up a horse and saying it's thin when it's not... :roll: That horse AIN'T thin!!!
Please post your comments. I'm really not trying to say that people should starve their horses, or that they shouldn't feed their horses as much as they do. I'm just saying, unless the horse is certified as "thin" by a vet (or farrier), and it's not something that's natural to a breed... then don't start going around screaming "THIS HORSE IS EXTREMELY THIN AND NEEDS TO GAIN A TON OF WEIGHT!". It just gets me annoyed... :P