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help with my horses build

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hey so I have some questions about my horsesweight and build.
Horse Sky Water Working animal Tree

so this is my horse ^
she is a 7 year old ottb mare
I have some questions about her weight and build. so obviously she is ribby but aside from her ribs, does she look too bad weight-wise? keep in mind she was like this when we got her and she has good quality hay and grain. she is on about 3 flakes of T/A each day with night turnout (5pm-7am). she gets a scoop and a half of senior feed.
I genuinely can't tell what's wrong with her build but something looks off. I ride her typically 4-5 times a week and I'll either do flatwork, trailriding, galloping, or jumping work with her.
What would you guys advise I do to work on her build? I think its a topline issue from what I can see but Id like other peoples input.
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for some background info this was her when she raced ^
so I don't think it's a problem with her natural build as you can see in this picture she looks just overall better.
I'm just mainly trying to find out:
1) what's wrong with her build/what is need to work on
2)what excerises I can do to make her look more "correct"
any help is appreciated!
Horse Liver Sorrel Sky Terrestrial animal

the picture above is kinda what I'm aiming for her to look like if that makes sense.
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What you see you can't identify is she is straighter legs because her butt is high with the SI joint so prominent.
Have a feeling she would benefit from a chiro visit
and from a vet prescribed medication to fix fore and hind gut ulcers...she just has that drawn-up look where her barrel meets her hind end...
Signs of possible gastric upset and ulcers. being she came to you like this and her racing picture and rehoming picture....
Get the vet to prescribe prescription medicine to heal ulcers, then watch closely as she may benefit from a acid reducer fed daily...

I agree with the above post, especially the bolded portion. the way her hind legs are is a bit sickle hocked, and i wonder if her Sacro- illiac joint is aligned correcctly.
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