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This is an old thread.
I did mention in the afore post that my miniatures were of different 'refined' build than OPs, and proceeded to link two of our shetlands with stockier builds.
I assure you that I know better than to just look at a belly to know if a horse is fat, and I did not do so. Rather, I evaluated this mare's excess padding on the tailhead, 'meaty' withers, and thick neck with an obvious crest and realized that OP was right, her mini was overweight. Not to the point of obesity, but absolutely enough that it would be very good for her health to loose some weight and gain some muscle to replace it.
From what I understand, this mare is a 'classic' miniature horse.It would be different if she was an old style shetland, but she's not. She looks like just about any other pasture conditioned, overweight mini mare that I've ever seen. None of the miniatures that I listed are show quality in the least, nor are they show bred. They merely have less fat. The chestnut mare that I showed is the most refined of all of them and perhaps was not a good example, but the gelding not refined at all, as noted by his short legs and large thick head.
Granted, this mare seems to have a fairly big rib cage for her size (not a bad thing) so she may always appear to be thicker than the horses I showed, but she could stand to loose a few pounds.
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