getting worried about cresty neck!
My horse was super underweight a few months ago and the vet had me up his feed a lot. now he is a good weight and i cut his feed again because his neck has gotten cresty. he usually has a bit of an arched neck as he is 1/2 saddlebred but i think this is definitely too much of a crest. he has foundered a few years ago and recently started going on grass from 9am to 7pm (ish). before that he was doing half day on grass half day on a dry lot with hay. he was wearing a muzzle for the spring and beginning of summer but the vet had me wean him off it when he was so skinny. what do you think? sorry i dont have a good picture, its from my phone.
Oh no That's not too bad! I've once seen a draft where his crest was soo large it actually folded down- O.o
I would keep in contact with the vet. The pic is blurry, but if you start limiting feed again and go back the other direction..the huge fluctuations of weight gain/loss like a roller coaster is not optimal...best to find a steady place with a steady routine and end up with a fairly steady weight.
thanks for your advice! i will call the vet on tuesday after the holiday. sometimes it can take a few days to get a call back though :/
The little bit of crest in that pic is nothing to worry about. It's when they get so much of a crest that it's just huge, and affects their throatlatch that it becomes a problem. You have a long, long way to go before you have to even think about that crest as something to worry about.
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And I'm not sure what the throat latch area has to do with a cresty neck? the cresty neck is on the top side of the neck right under the mane, the throat latch area is on the underside of the next next to the jowl area.....
He isn't a draft or cob breed that has a naturally cresty neck and with his history of founder/laminitis you should definitely worry. It may not look much but these things start small and get worse
Horse with full blown metabolic. IRS issues aren't essentially fat on their rib area but get abnormal deposits of fat on the neck, rump, quarters, sheath.
Look into ways of restricting his grazing and keeping good weight on him using the right feeds - avoid anything high starch/sugar.
Magnesium & chromium supplements are getting good results in IRS horses
Your vet will advise you but there are some good websites out there as well that you can research yourself
That the horse was thin(assuming), has a history of founder & a crest despite having been underweight screams insulin resistance to me, of which it sounds like your vet may not be not knowledgeable about. ecirhorse.com is one great online resource for learning about this.
thank you so much everyone for your advice!! i have had him looked at by two vets this year and have ended up confused both times. one looked at him when he was first starting to get thin/underweight and thought his weight looked good after previously (approx. 2 months) thinking he looked cresty and possibly IR (i did not think so at the time). then i got a 2nd opinion on him bc i thought he was continuing to lose weight and everyone else thought so too. we upped his hay and grain as well as pasture time (gradually). i never had him fed as much grain as the vet wanted though. I got him up to 1.5 scoops 2x/day of LS sentinel performance feed and the vet had wanted him on at least 2. it took 2 months to see a difference but he finally started gaining rapidly, and now he looks cresty when i have never seen him like this before, even when he foundered!
perhaps i will give the original vet a call early tomorrow morning.
thanks again everyone for the help. sorry for the blabbing on!
While pics often aren't all that accurate, if you'd like opinions on the rest of his weight now, some (non blurry ;-) ) ones would help. If there's any chance he's IR, I would be feeding him NO grain or other sugary/starchy feed.
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