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post #11 of 30 Old 05-21-2012, 08:23 PM
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Cash is SERIOUSLY overweight (looks like you already know that). I would really recommend getting him off that grass, and putting him on a diet. Your vet will be able to help you formulate a diet that will meet his nutritional needs, and allow him to lose weight. I don't want to alarm you, but if you leave him on that grass, with how overweight he already is, he could have serious health issues, or even die. (maybe you only turned him out for the pictures)
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post #12 of 30 Old 05-21-2012, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Stevenson ....Ya Scooter was looking in on the pigs that we have! They like to go up to them and see what is going on .
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post #13 of 30 Old 05-21-2012, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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No , he stays out on pasture ! I was thinking about getting something to where he couldn't eat so much , but he hasn't really been worked with or rode in like 4 years and I am hoping *crossing my fingers* , that by getting him out everyday and working on riding him that he will lose alot of that weight! Scooter is like 21 years old (but doesn't look it to me) and Cash is almost 12 ! I do worry about Cash's weight alot and don't want anything to happen to him. I have only had them since last Thurday and I am trying to get some more people out here to help me work with them because I never learned training or working with a horse. I have been around horses my whole life , but all I know how to do is ride and even at that I am a little rusty , I haven't rode in like 8 years. My mother was a big horse fanatic (that's where I get it from) and she used to barrel race and all that stuff and I never paid attention to the things she would try and teach me . I have been on here alot reading on stuff and trying to learn and I understand I don't have the training experience but I know that I love them and will care for them and know the basics of things! I am about to invest into some DVDs so maybe that will help also.
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post #14 of 30 Old 05-21-2012, 08:44 PM
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I think they're beautiful, the reddish one looks identical to a horse I love named Shelly.

I'm in a similar situation as you, I've ridden and taken some riding lessons but I just got 4 new pretty much untrained horses. But two are colts and easier to work with right now.
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post #15 of 30 Old 05-21-2012, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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I love my Scooter to! Ya , it kinda sucks not really know how to do everything , but I am having fun learning and talking to new people! It's a learning progress I know , but now I am really worried about my Cash and his weight problem! I knew he was overweight but I didn't think it could cause so many problmes! Eeeek
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post #16 of 30 Old 05-21-2012, 08:54 PM
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I'm really sorry, I didn't mean to scare you, but many people seem to think that being overweight is not an issue. Maybe look into a grazing muzzle? Somebody is bound to have some good advice on how long to leave it on/off to begin to effect weight loss without limiting forage too much.
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post #17 of 30 Old 05-21-2012, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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I knew the weight was a problem but didn't really look into it cause I didn't figure it would cause that much damage! I am looking into it right now acutally , and it's ok that you scared me , I would rather know than be ill educated on the issue! By chance would you know how much a horse should weigh he is 12 yrs old and 15.2 hh , I can't find anything out on the internet really about it besides they can range in weight from 900-1200 lbs . I wonder how long it will take for him to shed lets say 300 lbs?
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post #18 of 30 Old 05-21-2012, 09:14 PM
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I agree that he's drastically overweight. My vet scared me 2 years ago when she said she was concerned that my gelding was going to founder. So I got him a grazing muzzle and I highly recommend them. They can still graze and munch, but it will cut down on their grass intake by as much as 80% He's obviously ingesting more then he can work off so think a combination of a muzzle and exercise should have him down to a healthy weight. But it's going to take probably quite some time.

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post #19 of 30 Old 05-21-2012, 09:37 PM
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Ya I believe they both are
Since you don't seem 100% certain, I would suggest having your vet check that fact when you have him out to give them a health exam (always good when bringing new animals into the mix, especially as you have thrown them right in with the rest of your population
As for his goal weight - think of it as a target fitness/body condition level rather than a specific number on the scale. Familiarize yourself with the body condition scale for horses and set your goal to bring them both to optimum condition through nutrition and exercise.
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post #20 of 30 Old 05-21-2012, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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How long do I keep the grazing muzzle on him and what kind of exercises should I be doing ? Keep in mind , I am not that experienced in training or working with a horse , so what would you recommend for someone who is new at it? I have been walking them just about everyday and brush them down and what not. How long do you think it could take and how much should he weigh?
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