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Got Ribs?

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We have been unable to enlist the help of our tiny herd of horses with improving the regeneration of our grass fields this summer. They have been allowed very limited access to the rich green grass in order to control both weight and the younger two’s penchant for laminitic hoof problems.

Yesterday, Cyndie allowed the horses a little time on the grass beyond the barren paddock and we both made the same observation. All three have slimmed down enough that faint lines of their ribs are detectable, even seen through their new growth of shaggier winter coats.

They’ve got ribs!

They certainly aren’t skinny, but the hint of rib definition helps to convince us they aren’t as overweight as they had been previously. We’ve made progress.

To celebrate, they were allowed a few extra minutes of grazing.

Hopefully, they will put more of the fuel toward filling out their winter coats, and not so much to just storing fat around their rib cages.



Written by johnwhays

October 27, 2018 at 9:52 am