It is a horse who is a bit lean, but it is a 5 on the Body score scale, no leaner than some racehorses or eventers and the Amish horses do work for a living, as opposed to sitting around and thus won't carry the level of body fat that you might be used to in show horses.
It has a top line and the hips are rounded.
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It has jutting hipbones, sunken depressions in the croup, and apparent scarring over its visible ribs. Sorry, that is not a "bit lean."
Hmm...there is a reason you can't give a body condition score via photograph. It is definitely a lean horse, but the apparent scarring in my opinion is dried sweat. I probably wouldn't call it a 5; more like a 4 at best, but without being able to put my hands on it I can't really tell. It looks like it might be quite thin over the backbone and hips, but it really is hard to say for sure from the picture. I agree that I would not present my horse in that condition, and I would probably agree that 100lbs or more would look good on it.
But, hey, I'd definitely send a message to the company - why not? They must have the ability to get a better photo and maybe know so little about horses they think this is a great picture.
I'd put him at a 3.5-4 on the BCS. So yes, that is on the thin side of the chart but I think using "starving" and "jutting" is hyperbole. Like others have said, I'd sure be working to put weight on him if he were mine, but this is a hard working Amish horse. They don't have an easy life but I stop (way) short of calling that abuse.
In theory, yes, but the difference between theory and reality is that, in theory, there is no difference between theory and reality but, in reality, there is a difference.
Just for giggles, I pulled the photo up in Photoshop and resized it so I could see more clearly. That horse is NOT showing any ribs, is not hollow or lacking muscles across the topline or hindquarters, the hipbones aren't jutting out, and it is most certainly not starving. It's a solid 4.5 -5.
While it is not a particularly well-put together or attractive horse, it is in good weight, and there is even a bit of shine to it, even with a shaggy, sweaty winter coat.
I won't buy from the Amish anyway. I have a dozen other reasons not to give them my money - it sure doesn't end up going to vet care for their animals. Generalization? Sure - but the good Amish won't take a stand against the bad ones, so in general, they suck at animal husbandry and never get my business.
This is only one of many reasons not to give Leerburg money.
I'd rather not support someone that thinks choking a dog out is an acceptable training method, based on his misunderstandings of debunked "dominance" crap.
I actually consulted with him several years ago about our chow mix that bit another dog, when she was 3. He told me she was dangerous and to have her put down immediatly. I never did, she lived to be 14 and never showed aggression to another creature ever again. Thank goodness I listened to my gut.