View Full Version : Weight question - is Mac hugely fat?
7th September 2009, 05:51 PM
Will tell you the reason for asking when I've had some responses.
Mac is a 16.2hh 16 year old Thoroughbred gelding, he currently weighs approximately 555kg. Do you think this is overweight for his height, breed etc.? Some recent pictures of him (sorry they're not great), please bear in mind he is a bit pot bellied here (as he still is now) as it was at the start of his digestive problems.
Any opinions welcome!!
7th September 2009, 06:01 PM
He looks to be overweight but i wouldnt say 555kg was hugely overweight for a horse of his size, being a TB maybe he should be more like 500, it could just be he hasnt to belly muscles and the poorly tummy that is making him more pot bellied looking
if he has gastric ulcers though it will be hard to get weight off him and control it i should imagine as he will need lots of good fiber going through his gut, or so i would of thought
7th September 2009, 06:24 PM
A little bit but as you say you knew already he was pot bellied due to his problems. Not sure it's a terrible thing for a TB to go in to the winter a little portly!
My Crazy Clan
7th September 2009, 07:32 PM
Hes got a bit of a belly he will lost it during winter.
7th September 2009, 07:59 PM
That's what I thought. I wasn't concerned as I struggle to keep weight on him over the winter so don't mind him being a bit podgy this time of year. Reason I ask is that when I took him to hospital today the vet told me that he was seriously overweight and that if I didn't do something about it he'd have weight related health problems. To be honest I thought that was a bit unfair and not really true. I've looked up ideal weights for a TB 16.2hh on feed companies and other horse health websites and they all say something between 520 and 550kg so I don't think his assessment of Macs condition is really right.
7th September 2009, 09:52 PM
From your description, I'd have said no, but from you pictures, yes he is overweight, as he has a crest, fat on his shoulders, a belly and an apple bum!
But, as you say, he'll drop over winter, especially given his breed, so I'd not worry too much, although clearly you don't want him getting laminitis.
7th September 2009, 10:42 PM
Bay Chaos - do you think the vets assessment that he is seriously overweight is correct then? I'm just interested as I was taken aback when he said it as I knew Mac was a bit chubby but wasn't concerned by it - now I'm paranoid!!
7th September 2009, 10:53 PM
I'd say he was overweight too but to be honest I'd much rather have a TB of Mac's weight coming into winter than a slimmer TB. I think the vet was a bit harsh.. x
7th September 2009, 10:57 PM
he does look quite overweight for a TB IMO but like you said it'll probably drop off over the winter.
8th September 2009, 12:43 AM
I think he has a good tushy and belly on him but nothing serious. Would kill to have fat horses! He isn't flat behind his whithers and he doesn't have a big crest so i wouldn't say obese or anything!
End of the day, you know this horse is just having a good summer and that it will be off in winter. eing fat is only really a problem long term if it is a permenant feature, which it isn't for your guy.
8th September 2009, 12:52 AM
I would say the vet was a bit harsh, he is overweight but not seriously and if he has tummy problems at the mo then its probably a lot harder to manage his weight
8th September 2009, 01:14 AM
I'd say he is 4 out of 5 on the condition score. 3 is what you should aim for, but in all honesty, if he is a bad doer in winter, surely going into winter with excess weight is natural and good. (Dina is a fatty too at the mo......! whoops!)
8th September 2009, 01:34 AM
Echo above- yes he's a bit overweight, however it's not a problem as he will loose it as you say- would only be worrying if he wasn't going to loose it
Kat loves her Millie
8th September 2009, 04:05 PM
My Millie is 16.2hh TB she is 27, and she is 498kg and she is a perfect size i think, she has the odd fat lump but i want her a bit chubby for winter :) so yes, i do think 555kg is slightly over weight!
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