I look forward to quizzing TJ on her BCS skills on Saturday morning before we spend the day at QH Congress.
Knowing the BCS needs to consider the whole horse, I cannot see the ribs, can you? I can certainly feel them, but not see them and if the second photo with the awesome sunset lighting didn't pick them up more than a hint then they're not too bad. I think the topline is obviously bony with the hip points and the sacrum being most evident. He still has a fatty spot behind the shoulder, though.
Poor guy is built funny. He's got a big strong chest but such a wussy hip. He's missing balance between those bone structures. It was pretty well masked when he was Fatty Boombatty, but not so much anymore.
I'm also a terrible muther for the lack of real muscle building exercise he's been receiving.
Anyway, plans are underway to fix it, I'm just looking for opinions on the visual.
I showed my mom the same pictures and her immediate response was "He's so skinny!!!" Now, keep in mind that my Dear Mother had QH's in the 60's when horses like Wimpy were king. BULK! So she can't be my only source of outside opinion. She thought Junior looked good when he was an 8.5 on the BCS. Eeew. Sorry, Mom, done picking on you now. :)