Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
• Horses: 0
I only ever had one super easy keeper, my current mare...got a new filly, now I have two. It is a battle. I weigh their food, all of it. No "just give them more than enough hay" for tubbies! You have to go in knowing you have to be patient, no crash diets. Decide on the amount and what to feed, weigh it, record it and establish a baseline. You can judge where to go from there. Excercise is key, but my mare, at least, doesn't just drop weight like some w excercise either. Its a slow process. Purina makes a nutritious "diet" food, my horses like it well enough. I feel it is overpriced, but, it makes them feel "treated". I also use laken lite as a "treat" and/or variety. Can't stress enough...you have to weigh every single morsel. I do not feed grain, sweet feed, or happy foods of any kind. Just high quality hay and the "extras" I mentioned, I also feed a small amount of beet pulp just for sand colic prevention. I add corn oil in the winter/spring. Of course there are times when I give a junky food treats, but in general...not.
She was on NC pasture for a while. She was a chub to begin w, but on all that lush grass she was nearing morbidly obese...she "rippled" when she walked. I thought it was grass fat and would just slide off. Didn't happen. I have had her on her current diet for a little over a year. Excercise has made her more solid, and while the weight loss has been very slow, she did lose it and is now in far better shape.
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
Last edited by Missy May; 12-07-2012 at 11:47 AM.