Body scores

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  1. Alikreegs11

    Alikreegs11 Full Member

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    Hello all. Im concerned with a few of my horses weight. They are on pasture from 8am to 7pm and wormed last month with quest. I cant see ribs but i can feel them.

    Light bay 14 year old ottb
    Dark bay 16 year old ottb
    Paint 21 year old
    They get tribute senior feed in the pm. Theyve been to the vet to check teeth and vet floated them. But they still dont look right. What do you all add to feed to help gain extra calories? What could be a sudden weight loss like this? The paint has always been a very easy keeper. 20180612_191223.jpg 20180612_191146.jpg 20180612_191146.jpg 20180612_191146.jpg 20180612_191207.jpg
     
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    They don't look underweight, but if this isn't their normal, then I would recommend corn oil. We gave it to our mare when we were worried about her weight and it fattened her right up. Mind you, it does make them a little hot.
     
  3. Alsosusieq2

    Alsosusieq2 Senior Member

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    They're perfect. That's how they're supposed to be.. able to feel the ribs, but not ribby.
     
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    I was just concerned because ive never been able to feel their ribs before. When they go to stretch you can see the ribs. My Farrier said they werent looking too good. So im just concerned as the vet couldnt find anything and ive been trying the new feed that was recommended.
     
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    So good to know. Ive just never been able to feel their ribs before
     
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    Alsosusieq2 Senior Member

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    I'd be happy with them. Not one needs to gain and the pinto looks like he could gain easily. I'd watch him for getting heavy.

    Kudos to you, but stop worrying. They look great.
     
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    Your vet doesn't know a healthy horse from an overweight one then. You should always feel ribs, but not see. If you couldn't feel them, that means that had an excess fat pad. They look good as they are. They could use topline work for better muscle but otherwise, healthy.
     
  10. Alsosusieq2

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    Sorry your farrier got you concerned. Nope. Fat horses are not good, you see way too many.
     
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