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    Default "ideal" weight

    I have a 5yo OTTB mare. She came to me a 2.5/3 on the BCS and I think I have finally gotten her looking pretty good. Somedays I look at her, though, and think she could still use some more weight. I rode a warmblood before I bought her and we always had the opposite problem with him: he ballooned on air and always looked nice and plump, so maybe my view of "ideal" is skewed because of that? I realise she's a TB and will never look like a huge WB, but she is fairly large-framed and I want to make sure she's at a good weight for her.

    Here she is yesterday, where I think she looks pretty good:

    http://i641.photobucket.com/albums/u...1_004small.jpg

    Here she is last week, when I looked at her and thought she looked meh:

    http://i641.photobucket.com/albums/u...1_002small.jpg

    It was also a little cooler that day, so maybe she was just tucked up?

    FWIW, here she is the day I brought her home:

    http://i641.photobucket.com/albums/u...9_001small.jpg

    I know I am analyzing this way too much and it's driving me nuts. So tell me, could she use a few more pounds or does she look good for a TB (and a young, still growing one at that)? Do you think that when she's done growing, she will naturally fill out a bit more?



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    I'd put her at a 5.5/9 right now.
    gut load and hydration levels can affect visual perception, which is why getting your hands on them for evaluation is crucial.
    I thought this article explains it well.
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    She looks wonderful!!

    While it's not THE determining factor, one of the easiest tests is the rib test. If you can fairly easily feel, but not see, ribs, the weight is good. On those horses you'll see ribs when they turn, but not standing straight.
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    Thanks for the feedback You cannot see ribs even if she's turning, so I guess I'm on the right track!



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    If you can't see ribs even while turning sharply, then I would not want a smidge more weight on
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    She's perfect! I worried like crazy over the old guy's weight too, but for their health you want them lighter rather than heavier. Remember there's a big difference between racing fit and starved.
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    She looks great to me. I like to see a little bit of ribs. Lean is always better than not lean. Very, very well done.
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    I agree, she looks great. Pretty girl.
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