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    08-10-2013, 11:39 PM
My fat pony

This week I noticed rings around my pony's hooves. I dontknow why I didnt notice them earlier because they start at the coronet band and extend about a third of the way down. She is not lame and ther is no heat in them that I felt. She is fat (probably condition score of 4) so I am always worried she will founder. She has a round bale 24/7 and most of the time, pretty short grass because the pastures are always overgrazed (i board). She gets literally only a handful of grain when her pasture mates are feed. I am tryingto think what is causing them. About 4 months ago I started her on a supplement for "hay fed only" horses and also garlic (for flies). Could that be it? How long does it take from insult to ring to appear? I will try to get pictures tomorrow.
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    08-11-2013, 10:17 AM
A body condition of 4 would be under weight the higher the number the fatter the horse, 5 being ideal. The ring would be an indication of the new supplement affecting her new hoof growth. Since their feet grow faster in the summer that is a good indication that her hoof growth is being influenced by the supplement.
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    08-11-2013, 10:27 AM
She's using the scoring of 1 to 5 not 1 to 10. So a 4 would be fat.
    08-11-2013, 10:28 AM
I must have used a different scale. On the hennessey she is probably close to an 8. Do all rings represent laminitis?
    08-11-2013, 10:32 AM
Green Broke
If she is so fat why does she have 24/7 access to a round bale and grazing??? Get her a slow feed net and a grazing muzzle. I'd start giving her 5 flakes (two AM and three PM) in the slow feed net. I'd even go a step further and soak the hay to take the sugar down. When she is on pasture grazing muzzle ALWAYS.
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    08-11-2013, 10:59 AM
They do have a slow feeder net around the hay which actually I never see her eat. I board so I don't have a lot of control. The B.O. Said the only way they can decrease her intake is if I pay for stall board and they keep her inside for part of the day. They have one paddock that is mostly dirt but there are horses in it already. Will see about a muzzle but I am afraid she will get it caught in the round bail feeder.
    08-11-2013, 11:14 AM
Green Broke
If your concerned about founder maybe its time to consider moving her to a barn where her needs will be considered more. The slow feed net isn't really limiting her consumption, its just slowing her down. The point of putting her hay into the slow feed net would be so she doesn't inhale the her designated amount of food. It would be like saying "I need to go on a diet so I'll get a smaller spoon". A smaller spoon might slow you down but its not going to help with portion control.

As for the grazing muzzle there are a few options. They make ones on a Velcro halter, of the muzzle gets stuck it will release very quickly. The other is attaching a muzzle to a breakaway halter. If your horse is anything like the smart, obese haflinger at my barn this is the better option. She learn how to pull the velcro muzzle off on the fence.
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    08-11-2013, 11:40 AM
Show us the horse ant the feet attached. No, all rings are not metabolic in nature but many are. Does your pony have fat pads that look like cellulite? Is the fat on the ponys crest hard when you squeeze it? What is this new supplement you are feeding? We need to knwo what is in it.

There are other things you can do like supplementing magnesium (see thread on the main health board) and getting more exercise that can help as well as making sure the trim is as good as it can be.
    08-11-2013, 10:10 PM
Trying to attach a few pictures. She definitely had some heat in her coronet bands and I could easily feel her pulses over her sesmoid bones. Still, she is not lame (at least on soft surfaces).
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    08-11-2013, 10:17 PM
She is in desperate need of a good trim. Her feet are way over-grown.

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