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post #1 of 31 Old 04-19-2019, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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Weight critique

Can I please get some opinions?

Some of you may recall that Iíve been trying to put weight on Teddy. Yesterday the barn owner commented that he is ďgetting a little chunky.Ē Can I get opinions? To me, it looks like back in January (top picture, with halter on) he was a 4, maybe 4.5 on the Henneke condition scale. And now heís a 5. But she is acting like heís a 6 or something. What do you all think? He looks good, right? Better than in January? I feel like he has put on mass overall, and muscle. I'm going to stop giving him extra hay and beet pulp.

I'm totally open to hearing that he isn't looking good, or that he IS too fat, or whatever. If it makes a difference, he's a Welsh-QH cross.
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post #2 of 31 Old 04-19-2019, 06:24 PM
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Non-professional opinion: yeah I'd call him chonky, but not very unhealthily so, he looks pretty good to me though he seems to have some fat pockets building. Of course he doesn't look that bad in the first picture either, just lacking in muscle.
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First thing I looked for is the crest. It doesn't look hypertrophic at all. Is it soft and pliable?

He doesn't look like an athlete. There is no muscular definition. He looks like a couch potato, but one that knows to still eat healthy.

This one looks like a badass to me, but I don't see anything wrong with yours. He looks like me. :)

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post #4 of 31 Old 04-19-2019, 06:43 PM
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I would not like to see him lose weight...
He has changed shape, as in he is building muscle so appearance is different but "chunky" no!
You know that depending upon which reference place you get your scoring material directions from some will specify that 5 - 6 is optimum weight.
I see no reason to take away his food fed.
He has no bulging butt, no fatty pads that are evidence of to much food...
I see a healthy covered body, building muscle mass and "markers" that say he is good weight for his size and build.
My opinion...I would not take away food when you are increasing his work-load.
If he is offered differences in housekeeping like now pasture grazing then tweaking of his diet will need done, but till grass and nutrition are steadily offered together, no not cutting his food sources would you find in my care.
My horses "melt" off their weight with the coming of high heat and humidity so I try to go into summer swelter with that in mind too.
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post #5 of 31 Old 04-19-2019, 08:35 PM
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He's starting to look really good. He is not chunky, in my opinion, but he does still need more muscle, not necessarily more weight.

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He looks good, if not careful could get to fat. Cute horse I like his looks.
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post #7 of 31 Old 04-19-2019, 10:01 PM
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You can still see the points of his hips and shoulders so I'd still be working on more weight. Could be added muscle would cover them up but harder work = more calories burned so I wouldn't be cutting down on his consumption. I will admit though I like a horse a little chunkier than what they say is healthy for them these days with the exception of them having a health issue like arthritis where it's easier on them to be on the thin side.
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I think he looks perfect for a pleasure/trail horse. The horse mmshiro posted I would call racing fit.

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so hard to judge horss in spring, when they are still reallly furry, and out of shape. I think once you start riding regularly, he's gonna look really sharp!!


my lease horse IS fat. He has the crest that @mmshiro is talking about. It is hard. He has butt pillows, too. No matter what we do, we don't seem able to get rid of those. But, he is 20, never foundered, rides a good 2+ hours without complaint , and is what he is. We have him on a dry paddock to prevent spring and early summer pasture life from making things WORSE. But, like me, he will never be 'thin'.
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In the first pic, he looks pretty reasonable. Probably a little light on, given you can easily make out his ribs under winter fuzz, and that fuzz may be disguising further, but he's nice & rounded looking, certainly not skinny.

In the 2nd & 4th pic, yes, he looks quite... filled in. His flanks & around his shoulderblades especially, and second pic appears he may have a bit of a crest starting. Can't really comment on other pics. So yes, I'd call him fat. Not obese, but fat.
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