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SuzanneSewell84

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thinking of buying 4year old section a does he look a bit underweight?

thinking of buying 4year old section a does he look a bit underweight? he is 11.1 section a i was wondering if he looks as though he needs more weight on him lol and something to add some condition he would be living out 24/7 which he has been doing with the old owner but hasnt done any sort of work for 12 months and is ready to be brought on so just wondering if he sould looka bit more bulkier even though hes only been out at grass no excerise, will be weighing him when i get a weight tape just thought some people may be able to tell by eye thanks

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Magicmoment

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Magicmoment says:

Re: thinking of buying 4year old section a does he look a bit underweight?

He is adorable!

I would say he does look a little weedy, ie remembers me more of a yearling! he's not really skinny as such but would I personally would like to see a little bit more weight on him to be honest.

I would give him a good worm and go from there.

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Mizzbecx

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Mizzbecx says:

Re: thinking of buying 4year old section a does he look a bit underweight?

He looks like a right little sweety :) Just a thought, my Secton D was underweight when I had him, I feed him up on high cal foods and oils and although he looks fab, when I had a natural horsemanship lesson for his spookyness I was advisesd it may be due to the sugar I was pumping into him. I'm now about to try the soaked oats diet, so no chemicals or sugar for my boy! Not sure how it will work out yet but it's worth a look :)

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wundahoss

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wundahoss says:

Re: thinking of buying 4year old section a does he look a bit underweight?

OP, sorry, but that angle's not the best to tell. He doesn't appear too thin to me tho - nicely rounded HQs, etc but I agree with the 'weedy' comment. Remember he's only 4yo, so still 'teenager', so may be going through a gangly stage & also unmuscled. Rather see that than the normal overweight.

"...I was advisesd it may be due to the sugar I was pumping into him. I'm now about to try the soaked oats diet, so no chemicals or sugar for my boy!"

Mizz, oats are also high NSC feed, so this is indeed still high-carb! Avoiding grain & sticking to hay/roughage is generally the best. If he's not in hard work, he's unlikely to need any 'high-octane' stuff. I suggest learning more about healthy, natural feeding and safergrass.org is one source of some info on this. FeedXL.com is a great diet/nutritional service/program I subscribe to, which just happens to be free for the mo in UK, so make the most of it! Cheers!

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forestfantasy

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Re: thinking of buying 4year old section a does he look a bit underweight?

He does look a little weedy, but then my sec a did at 4, i'd give him ad-lib hay in the field and see how you go after a month, if he still needs a little more weight on i used baileys no.4 top line conditioning cubes on my little man, they were so good that he didn't finish 1 bag because he'd got a bit fat!

 

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SarahR123

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SarahR123 says:

Re: thinking of buying 4year old section a does he look a bit underweight?

As someone has said the angle is a bit tricky but if you use a condition scoring sheet you'll get a better idea.

https://www.bhs.org.uk/~/.../Horse%20Care/.../Condition%20Scoring.ashx

Not sure if this link will work but it's all about where they lay down fat (or don't)  Most people's horses are actually too fat (mine included) so our view of what's normal can be distorted.  Also don't rely on weigh tapes as being an accurate representation of the size of your horse - they're useful only as a tool for comparison!  My 16.2 horse weighed 580kg on the weigh tape but on the actual scales was 700kg and my 15.2 was 470kg on weigh tape but 602kg on scales - a big shock!

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