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post #1 of 10 Old 08-09-2012, 01:25 AM Thread Starter
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Under weight? or Just right?

My horse has recently been put on Solitary Confinment (he's been there almost 2 months now), because he's been overly agressive towards other horses.

Anyways! before he went to Solitary confinment he was on 24/7 grass and had 24/7 access to a round bale. needless to say, he resembled a round bale (Though not as bad as he was in the winter!) Now that he is in his own little feild. he only gets 24/7 grass (but we've had a really hot summer with not alot of rain so its pretty much all dormant), and some sweat feed at dinner with his suppliments. No round bale! so with the lack of round bale, he has dropped weight and doesnt resemble one anymore! He isnt dropping it because of stress. he can still smell his friends through the fence, and hes constantly out grazing by himself, and shows no stress signs :) so im pretty sure its the lack of round bale :)

Anyways! My Barn manager is worried that he's dropping too much weight, and is under weight. But myself, my BO, and some others think that he is at his ideal body weight currently, but if he drops more then he would be underweight. We have decided to start giving him 2 flakes of hay at dinner to help maintain his weight, and if he starts gaining we'll cut it down to one flake. and go from there.

So im just wondering your opinion. Under weight? or just right?

(i apologize for his less then impressed expression, my friends 3 year old gelding was also there and was trying to sneak his way closer, apparently cody noticed and wasnt a fan of the idea haha but he stood nicely for the picture anyways. OH and ignore the dirt! it was raining when i brought him in, and then he roled... multiple times lol)




Oh and just for kicks! lol over jump much? (can you tell he's not a jumper lol!)

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He looks the proper weight, not fat, but certainly not skinny.
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Agree with waresbear.
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Agree with others. He looks a nice weight now & certainly doesn't need to get any fatter. I would consider it possible that his very flared front feet could be related to his prior obesity. You might want to put your barn manager onto the website Katy Watts | Safergrass.org

BTW, what's a 'BO' I thought it was the same as 'barn manager' & guessing it's not what's under your arm!?

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Agree with others. He looks a nice weight now & certainly doesn't need to get any fatter. I would consider it possible that his very flared front feet could be related to his prior obesity. You might want to put your barn manager onto the website Katy Watts | Safergrass.org

BTW, what's a 'BO' I thought it was the same as 'barn manager' & guessing it's not what's under your arm!?
he's getting his feet trimmed on friday :) and i just assumed it was "Barn Owner". our barn owner and barn manager are two diffrent people (tho mother and daughter)

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Horse looks to be in decent weight. I don't know why anyone would think he was underweight.

Only in horse circles do 'BO' and 'BM' translate to barn owner and barn manager. Try those abbreviations on a medical forum and see what replies you get!
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he looks fine to me I wouldnt let him lose anymore though. Does your BO feel a fat horse is fit and healthier? Being over weight is just as bad as under weight.
Nice horse you got by the way.

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Being over weight is just as bad as under weight.
No it's not. Being a bit underweight isn't a health problem, whereas being overweight for long periods is very much.

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I think he looks great. Rule of thumb, (my thumb anyway) you should not see ribs but be able to feel them by running the flat of your hand down his side. And I agree that I'd rather see a horse a little on the lean side rather than too heavy. In fact, I deliberately lean my horses down to "slim" in the summer. It's hot here in the summer the extra weight is just that much more to keep cool, but our winters are really cold, so I allow them put on a little starting late fall. I wouldn't start by adding 2 flakes at a time unless they're thin flakes. Too much bouncing around in his feed isn't good either. My opinion is that it would be easier for him to start getting the smaller amount of hay and move up as needed.
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I think he is in good weight... But if he has been dropping weight under his current feeding regime, it is probably time to rethink the his feed amounts. You don't want him to continue loosing but to maintain his weight and that will probably take more food than he is getting now.
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