Simon and I are doing My Fitness Pal. I’m counting calories to reduce my mass, and he needs to gain some… at least I think so.
Let me present you with some photos taken this week on the exact same day.
One of these photos makes me think my horse needs to gain some weight, because of the obvious ribs. The other photo is passable to me, but since I know how close they were taken it’s not like he miraculously gained pounds in the few hours in between. I should note that he was super drugged from the dentist in the photo taken in his stall.
This is what he looked like in December.
He did drop some weight over the winter like he tends to, but recently has puffed back up a bit.
So my post for feedback today has two parts.
Part A) Would you like to see more weight on him if he were your horse?
I ride in a barn of big, smushy Warmbloods for the hunter/jumper ring. Actually, most of our horses are plump because we have so much hay and decent grass. Being around this, I want Simon to gain more still… yet I know some others like their horses slimmer.
Part B) How the @#$@#$ do I put weight on this animal?
He gets a good amount of grain twice a day, several large flakes of hay in his stall (which he eats, but doesn’t scarf down by any means) and free choice round bale + grass when he’s turned out for well over 12 hours. The horse obviously get opportunities to eat!
I’m pondering a weight gain supplement at this point, but am iffy. Wish I could give him my extra pounds!