Ugh, I really struggle with this pretty much year round. It's harder to tell now because he has his winter fuzz on, but I know Rusty is overweight. He is on slow-feeder nets, gets 4 small flakes per day and a handful of hay cubes as a vehicle for supplements. I can weight his hay, but really, it isn't that much. He reminds me of how Harley used to be before the vet tested his thyroid gland and told us he has an underactive thyroid. We put him on meds for a few weeks and that problem was solved. I no longer had to struggle to keep him fit. I am seriously considering the possibility that Rusty also has an underactive thyroid. Or is he just fat? I feed them 4 times a day, which means they already go hours without hay, even with the slow feeder nets, so I can't imagine taking out a feeding. Exercise is limited this time of year - I do ride, but not enough to really make him lose weight.
So be honest with me. Is he just big boned? The vet says he could lose a little bit, but not that much. Is this just the way he is built or is he pushing the envelope of obesity. There is no more grass so a grazing muzzle won't help.
Posting pics from different angles. And yes, I'm familiar with the Henneke scale. I just find he has such a weird body type so it's hard to tell.