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d_s

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but i prefer my pony to be a bit rounder going into winter as shes old and has lost loads of weight before, but weve kept her just right this year :)
 

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I prefer a horse to be too light than too fat - I like to see a bit of rib
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Mavis Cluttergusset

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Kind of depends on the horse! Id rather see a trim cob/native type and a well covered tb type. Ive seen my warmblood mare looking lean and Ive seen her looking well covered, and I prefer well covered (not fat - just well muscled and conditioned).
 

Charmaine18

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I'd definitely say trim - as WHW say, we have such a distorted view of what's healthy for a horse now, because so many are overweight. For most horses, unless they're elderly, a bit too thin is better than a bit too fat IMO.
 

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I'd definitely say trim - as WHW say, we have such a distorted view of what's healthy for a horse now, because so many are overweight. For most horses, unless they're elderly, a bit too thin is better than a bit too fat IMO.

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thats what got me thinking, people have different opinions on what they like to see, but they again everybody differs on what they see as trim, or more rounded.
 

hadfos

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Kind of depends on the horse! Id rather see a trim cob/native type and a well covered tb type. Ive seen my warmblood mare looking lean and Ive seen her looking well covered, and I prefer well covered (not fat - just well muscled and conditioned).

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lol saved me writing my opinion
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Ditto above
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Lolo

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Well, nearly all the time trim, but on our two we've been feeding them up! One was too slim and manages to look gaunt when he's like that and the other is 26 and prone to skinniness. Both are TBs and both manage to stress although Reggie's main stress is when he sees food and it doesn't instantly get into his mouth!
 

Mavis Cluttergusset

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That is true - my version of 'well covered' just means you can't see the ribs/hipbones etc and there is no muscle wastage; in my opinion, well covered means in good shape, not too thin or poor and not fat or overweight. I was looking for pics to illustrate my perception of too lean and well covered (or just right!) but I havent found them yet.
 

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Ummm, just right!
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Or, depends on the individual. My veteran I prefer with a little extra on, my out of work good doer, I prefer her lean.
 

Mavis Cluttergusset

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Ive found my pics now!

My horse coming out of winter following a house move which I think she found a bit stressful, looking a bit lean for my liking, followed by a pic from about 3 weeks ago which to me looks about right - Id say she was well covered. Interested in opinion as to whether she looks fat? She'd been hunting a few days before the pic.

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hadfos

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Ive found my pics now!

My horse coming out of winter following a house move which I think she found a bit stressful, looking a bit lean for my liking, followed by a pic from about 3 weeks ago which to me looks about right - Id say she was well covered. Interested in opinion as to whether she looks fat? She'd been hunting a few days before the pic.

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Looks to lean for me in pic 1,however looks perfect for my liking in pic 2
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Enfys

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Depends entirely on the individual, age, type, workload, management etc, etc really.

I like all mine to have a decent covering going into winter because they live out and it is very cold for a very long time.



 

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QR - and haven't read most of the thread.

For my own horses it depends on which one we are talking about. I have one who is a nightmare to keep weight on and I'd prefer to see him looking rounded as I know I could get the weight off easily if it became too much (I wish), one is now getting very old and I prefer to see him a little chubbier as he finds it easier to lose weight than he did in his younger days. Of the other three the little pony would be inclined to get laminitis (and is probably cushingoid as well) so I keep her on the thin side, signs of chubbiness are not welcome and the other two are good doers and need to be kept fit and slim.

Looking at any horse? I'd like to see them "just right"!
 

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interesting thread , because its interesting to see varying opinions especially now someone how included photos. maybe someone would find some photos NOT of anyones personal horse so there is no ones feelings involved and then we could all vote

I like most people like to see inbetween, I like a well muscled horse but not one with any fat. Wish I could get my body like that too lol
 

1990hr1992

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QR- I like my horse of have a bit of covering goin into the winter as he's getting that bit older, and usually comes out of the winter looking good.
 
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