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post #1 of 14 Old 02-27-2020, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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Does this horse make me look fat?

Can I get some feedback on my little guy’s condition? He’s a small guy. Just 14hands, 1 inch. I’ve only had him a little while, and I can’t tell if I’m over feeding him.

I can feel his ribs if I push. There’s zero grass in his field right now, but he’s constantly going under the fence and helping himself to grass elsewhere.

In addition, I’m feeding him about a pound of total equine, 1 lb of alfalfa pellets and maybe 1/2 lb of senior feed each day.

He used to get a pound total of total equine and pellets, and I didn’t think that was enough. He seemed hungry, even though he didn’t look skinny.

Be honest. Does he look too plump?
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I don't think he looks too fluffy. And I'm used to lean TBs.
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post #3 of 14 Old 02-27-2020, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, thanks. I’m just used to dealing with an Arabian mix and a TB who is 34 and can’t hold weight.

My little guy just doesn’t seem to have a waistline. But I think it’s just his confirmation. This is a pic when I first got him. He was very square even then.
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post #4 of 14 Old 02-27-2020, 08:38 PM
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I think he's cute. I'd be proud to have him in my barn.
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post #5 of 14 Old 02-27-2020, 09:40 PM
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Looks ok to me too! Can see his hip bone in the pictures, so I would put him at a 5/10 which is just right. He could use some muscling
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How much hay is he getting? He doesn't look fat at all to me. Also, how old is he?
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Looks ok to me too! Can see his hip bone in the pictures, so I would put him at a 5/10 which is just right. He could use some muscling
Yeah, Iíve been longing him a little almost every day. He was pretty out of shape when I got him, but luckily heís not too old, so he doesnt have muscle wasting or anything.

Heís 11.
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How much hay is he getting? He doesn't look fat at all to me. Also, how old is he?
He doesnt get any hay, because I live in Hawaii and itís impossible to keep hay dry here. It gets moldy nomatter what you do.

He eats pasture and whatever feed I give him. Right now the pasture is SUPER depleted. 90% of the horses at the ranch are far too skinny. Iím thinking of moving him, actually.
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post #9 of 14 Old 02-28-2020, 01:09 AM
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Yeah, Iíve been longing him a little almost every day. He was pretty out of shape when I got him, but luckily heís not too old, so he doesnt have muscle wasting or anything.

Heís 11.
I meant 5/10 for weight scale with 1 being all bones and 10 being morbid obese. So he is just right weight
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I would not want to see him lose any more weight...the beginnings of a concave flank I saw, one of the first places to show when more is needed or to much is fed.
He's cute and he looks OK currently.

If he is standing in his pasture in that picture, then it is gone, near no morsel left for him to eat.
Yes, he probably is hungry, hence under every fence pushing for anything he can grab.

What you are feeding him with what he stole under fence-lines was keeping him...
Now that the edges reachable are also gone, eaten away he will not keep his appearance for long is my thought.
No longer will stolen morsels be enough...the morsels are all gone that sustained him.

You need to up the food fed, such as forage...its naturally gone and you as caretaker must give what nature no longer provides.
Do you have availability of hay cubes?
Alfalfa, T&A, brome grasses...cubes at least give some long stem fiber and forage where pellets are so processed...it works different in the gut.
A few pounds a day in addition to what he currently eats to replace what he no longer can find for himself..
Always soak cubes before feeding so the choking hazard is reduced significantly, not a bad idea for pellets either as they swell when hitting moisture such as saliva.
You truly don't want a blockage in the throat, it is a dire emergent situation if the horse can't clear it!

If the other horses on the farm look poorly, it is the warning of where your horse will be shortly...
I would be looking for a new place already..
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