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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.
Horse Equestrian helmet Working animal Saddle English riding

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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She’s pretty! :)
To me it looks like she needs topline & muscle over all
My Ottb looked similar to her when I got him, took a few months for him to get topline and muscle, on the right feed and supplements.
some exercises I used was pole work..
W/T/C over poles, I’ve done figure eights, pin wheels, switch backs, bending lines, bending bounces massacre, figure 8 bounce, serpentine, ETC. They all seemed to contribute.
I also lunged him over jumps, he’s free jumped 3’ft but I only lunged him up to 2’ft.
Once my TB got weight and muscle, he looked stout. She might end up having more of an athletic build rather then a more stout one? I don’t know tons about builds, so I’ll let the others tell you.
She doesn’t have ulcers right?
I wish you luck! :)
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