Different Winter Weight Question
First post on this forum lots of interesting reading already
I have a question I have not been able to find an answer to.
I have a 7 year old Canadian Warmblood Mare riding dressage.
Now I currently live in northern Alberta where -40 in winter is normal. That being said I ride in a heated barn but -18 to -20 is my cutoff temp for riding. This makes for a quiet December, January and February.
My made is an easy keeper I wouldn't say she is very overweight but there is a little more "protection" then there should be. Part of this is from a few horses gorging themselves a little in August, we are on a tougher training regiment in preparation for moving up a level. It seems to be hard to get her to lose weight even with hard work. My problem is I want her to this little bit of weight over winter but I like the idea of her being a bigger to stay warm. Is there anything I can do that would keep her warm uncomfortable and I miss her too skinny just keep a little bit of extra weight off especially over the times I can't ride. I also don't like the idea of her standing in a paddock all winter I would prefer her to be in pasture with the other horses and I know she would prefer that too.
Is there anything I can do or should I just forget about it and start fresh in late winter or early spring
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