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maddiemaisie 03-16-2011 04:35 AM

Weight check please
Would like some opinions on my mares weight please, she's 14hh 7 year old, she came back from loan a couple of years ago dangerously obese so was dieting for quite some time, she's in light work at the moment and will of course balloon as soon as she smells the spring grass so want her at a good weight going into summer, i know it's hard to tell sometimes with your own when you see them everyday whether they are too fat/too thin etc so would like to hear some honest opinions from other people (i won't be offended :-)

kitten_Val 03-16-2011 08:24 AM

Well... She's definitely NOT skinny. :-) Very lovely horse.

DunOverIt 03-16-2011 08:33 AM

She doesn't appear to have ever missed a meal in her life! ;)

MaggiStar 03-16-2011 08:45 AM

for my fat ponies i like to just see the ribs going into spring as at least i am starting intentionally well!!
I strip graze all my ponies in a lower quality paddock then the horses as they are getting fat on air and laminitis in 6 ponies............not happening

Sahara 03-16-2011 10:55 AM

She is a pretty robust mare, isn't she? :D I have a hard time looking at my own horses, too. I bought a weight tape and check them every two weeks to see where they are at and adjust accordingly. They look decent right now, but come June, my mares will look like tubs o lard! The pasture is divided so I can keep them off one side at a time so the grass can grow in before it's mowed down. This year, though, I am making a 50 x 75 sacrifice area to keep them completely off grass when needed.

Elana 03-16-2011 12:01 PM

Is she a Haflinger/ they are draft horses and while you do not want them to be obese, they have a very well sprung rib cage (in general) and this contributes to them appearing fat when they are not.

She is also in winter coat so to judge is a bit difficult.

When you run your hand over her side, can you feel ribs? If not she can go down a bit more in weight. If you can, then she is just right.

maddiemaisie 03-16-2011 12:10 PM

Thankyou for all the replies!! Yes she is a Haflinger, and i can just feel her ribs, i think because she's been SOOO fat i now look at her and worry if she's underweight, it's such a HUGE difference to how she did look so i think thats why i'm finding it hard to know now with her (if that makes sense :?)

Golden Horse 03-16-2011 12:19 PM

You've gotta love the Haflingers, and she is a pretty girl, and nice job with the tail braid!!

She looks in pretty nice condition to me, as always hard to tell with a fuzzy haffie, but I'm seeing a nice round rump, no prominent tail head, but there isn't a gutter there either.

I'm betting that is you hold her around that weight she will slick out just fine when her coat goes.

My mare is right about the same stage I think, when I took her for her first lesson my trainer remarked that she was fat, well no she isn't I can actually feel ribs underneath the fuzz, which is a first for her.

maddiemaisie 03-16-2011 12:26 PM

Thats great, thankyou Golden horse!! She is a lovely girl, i do love the haffys :D i know they're not everybodies cup of tea but she has the nicest nature and i could just look at her all day :lol: I will maintain her weight where she's at right now then, she looks very slim to how she was but thats certainly a good thing!!

Xela 03-16-2011 12:27 PM

Gorgeous mare!! She doesn't seem that horribly obese. But i''m sure she'll look better when she's in a bit more work =)

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