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    11-09-2009, 03:08 PM
Question Diet food for my horse?

My qh mare is fat. My mom and I are looking for some sort of supplement that we can give her to help her loose weight. I didn't see anything in smart pack equine...they had weight gaine.. not weight loss. So does anyone know what kind of food I can get for my horse.

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    11-09-2009, 03:13 PM
Usually you put them on a diet by cutting back their intake.... not feeding them the same amount and giving them a "horsie Slim-Fast." In all honesty... I personally have never heard of a horse diet supplement for weight loss. But that's just me.
What is she getting daily right now?
    11-09-2009, 06:32 PM
^^^What she said
    11-09-2009, 06:34 PM
Beyond my original post, I would also lie to say that diet supplements in humans are controversial for long-term health effects, I am not sure I'd trust a horse slim-quick deal, if there even is one on the market.
    11-09-2009, 06:44 PM
Socks gets a scoop of grain and 2 flakes of hay. I don't know the name of the brand the grain is or what kind of hay she gets. I don't do the feeding.
    11-09-2009, 06:58 PM
Per feeding?

Thinking within the box:
- Cut out the grain. Horses do not need grain. (ps - how big is the scoop?)
- More exercise or turnout. Is she on grass for turnout?

Thinking outside the box:
- Does she seem to gain weight even when the diet is changed? It might be a hormone imbalance.
    11-09-2009, 07:16 PM
From what I have learned on here I would say stop or reduce grain feeding and up her excersize (not sure how you excersize her though). If you think she isn't getting fed enough with less or no grain up her hay intake to compensate.


PS- good luck getting her to lose weight! :)
    11-09-2009, 07:23 PM
I'm with JDI, just cut back on her feed. Get a scale and measure the weight of the grain you are giving her. Cut it a bit each week, keeping an eye on her weight. If she isn't dropping any cut it more. If she starts to lose too much, bump it up a bit. Its OK to use a scoop but do a weigh in on how much goes in the scoop. Mark a pound, 2 pounds etc, on the side of the scoop.
My kids started getting chubby when they came in off the pasture this fall and started on hay 24/7. I was only feeding 1 pound and have cut it back to half to maintain them. I'm guessing you could do the same.
Do not cut back on the hay.
    11-09-2009, 07:32 PM
I agree, they hay (if you are feeding 2 flakes 2 times a day) is already as low as it should go for an average sized horse. The grain can go, bu as Vida suggested, cut it out slowly. Horses do not need grain to survive, and if you have a tubby pony it should probably go.
Exercise will also be a key factor in this.
    11-09-2009, 07:37 PM
Thank you everyone for those great tips.

To J.D.I. Its a metal scoop that she gets. No grass in her turnout. She is outside 24/7. She gets used sometimes for beginner lessons. I sometimes ride her. She really belongs to my sister..who is away at college at the moment. So she is not here to ride her.

Has anyone herd of the supplement.. *Lite Balance* The barn I work at...theres a pony there who is on this food. Im not sure what it is...but im guessing its for weight loss.

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