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Re: Ribby Horse
Don't just looks at ribs to assess condition
score. There are about 8-9 areas you should check out---neck, withers,
shoulder, topline, ribs, tailhead, hip bones, pinbones, etc. There's a
complete description on my website under How to Condition Score Horses.
Anyway, quite a few horses will look lean in one place, but have plenty of cover
overall. Look at each area and if the ribs are the only area without alot
of cover, don't worry about it. Alot of horses are like that, youngsters
are notorious. I see tons of babies that are pig fat, but the owner is
still feeling ribs and practically burying the poor thing in grain.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, December 11, 2001 12:18
Subject: RC: Ribby Horse
Reading the recent thread on feeding, I have
another question that has been bugging me the past few weeks. This year
was my stallion's first season and we've been doing a number of 30 km
rides. A few months ago, I upped his food as he'd started looking a bit
thin around the haunches. He's always been ribby, but I wanted to cover
his hip bones more and fill out his rear end, and hopefully in the process
cover his ribs a bit more.
Well, he got 3 times his normal ration for
about 2 months in which he did fill out. He's on 11% concentrates, good
hay day and night, and I added sunflower oil cake, which is high in fat but
low in heat. He started looking real good, especially compared to the
hunter TB in the yard - my big mistake in trying to compare the two.
BUT, he still was very ribby. His ribs never really covered, no matter
how much weight he put on in that time. Anyway, he had a bit of a
holiday during this time, after which we had a slight argument which resulted
in me not riding for 2 weeks again. Why? Too much energy, not
Concentrates were cut again, but the cake was left
in. He hasn't dropped too much weight yet, especially because we haven't
really started working for next season yet - an outride here and there has
been the most we've done. But when we are riding, we do good
So my question is this : are some horses just ribby by nature, no
matter how much weight they carry elsewhere? Or is there something I'm
missing? His energy level is very good and we normally fight the first
10 kms or so - he recovers amazingly quickly when we come in. He is back
to rideability by about 2 days after a ride, so he bounces back
I'm planning on going for 80 kms next season which starts end
January, and I don't want to discover only then that I should have been doing
something to help him. But I have a suspicion that I'm paranoid about
his ribs ;-))
Oh, one other thing - we don't have beet pulp here yet,
so unfortunately I can't use the wonder food and have to use what we can lay
our hands on right now until the new factory is built (thanks Cindy for
letting us know - I'm starting to save up for when we can start
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