no topline *pics added*

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  1. Dawn

    Dawn Senior Member+

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    I'm going to try to explain this, but I have a feeling I'm going to fail miserably. Might be able to get some pics tomorrow.

    Rusty has absolutely no topline. His spine actually sticks out a little, but it has a nice fat cover over it. He is by no means underweight. He's actually on the verge of needing to lose a couple of pounds. You can get a good idea of his weight in the pic I've attached. You can't really see his back though, and I actually think it's gotten more noticable since that pic.

    Does anyone know what would cause this? I'm not certain that it's actually a 'health' issue persay, but I wouldn't rule it out.
     

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  2. Paintlover

    Paintlover Banned

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    Reminds me of Lou Lou's back, lol. She has no topline either :0 I just do lots of stops and goes, get her but.t under herself. Long and low stretching while riding
     
  3. Dawn

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    I had thought that it was just where he's not really working and isn't very in condition. But this is different. Like on a normal horse that is lacking muscle in the topline, it will be replaced with fat. He just has neither.
     
  4. Paintlover

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    I think it is more or less genetics. Just like some have more muscle in their hindquarters (due to breeding), some have better muscle development (like along the topline) than others.
     
  5. cassidy

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    i dont think its anything to worry about to much i mean all horses will differ in size just like we do

    i mean if you think its going to cause a problem when he is ridden i would just get a gel pad to make things comfier for him!
     
  6. Cntrysass20

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    Is he losing more of the top line? I was told a long time ago that if a horse loses weight on the ribs first, its lacking calories, but if the horse starts to lose weight on the top line/back that it is not getting enough protein. My old gelding has always been a "rail" backed horse, when I heard this, I uped his protein, but kept his calories the same. Within a month, there was a noticable difference. No, he doesnt have a couch back like a QH, but he is a TB. But his spine was sticking up a good 2 inches. And now its flush. Protein is what builds muscle tissue. Thats why body builders bulk on protein (protein shakes and high protein shakes). I wish I had pictures to show you Dawn. I weaned my colt cause the mare was being worn down very far. Well, I got her to gain the weight back, except for her back. I gave her back plenty of time to come back and it wouldnt. She is normally like trying to sit a barrel. Big couch back. Well, I started to give her a protein supp and her back came back within a few weeks. Now its back to trying to ride a moving barrel, esp bareback : ) Jessie
     
  7. Moostang

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    What type of supplement is high in protein, I have the same problem with my mare, of course she is 17 and just comming off a bad illness.
     
  8. Cntrysass20

    Cntrysass20 Senior Member+

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    Moormans makes several. Purina makes one also. I think that Manna-Pro's Calf Manna is a high protein.

    http://www.admani.com/AllianceEquine/MineralsVitamins.htm
    Scroll to Moormans Grostrong Mintrate. Its protein and vitamins. Very good stuff. Very hard to find. Feed very little per day.

    http://www.nutrenaworld.com/Screens/ProductDetails_Equine.aspx?ProductID=168
    Havent used this, but its the same as calf manna.

    http://www.mannapro.com/


    You feed 1/2-1lb/horse/day. You have to see to believe (okay, maybe thats just me, I am a skeptic when it comes to feeds and such).

    Jessie
     
  9. minnie_mouse

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    i think it is in his genetics....some horses just dont get toplines.....minnie has little to NONE topline....she works in an loose outline everytime she is ridden...in self carrage....and her neck and back just does not grow. it is TONNES better than when we got her.....but i think its just down to the way they are built. you can try to get him to stretch down when working....make him carry himself so he is using them top muscles....
     
  10. Christin_appy

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    I put all three of mine on purina's Strategy 14% protein 6% fat
    It works better than any thing els I've tryed.
     






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