Good luck with her! She's really cute!!! Definitely wouldn't want to have any issues with laminitis that's for sure!!!
Thank you! And no, we don't.
Your farrier is right. Her cresty neck indicates that she is not only at risk from being obese but is at great risk for insulin resistance. I would be surprised if she is not already insulin resistant.
What are you now feeding her? Hopefully NO grain or other concentrates at all.
You should also feed her hay that is very low in sugar content. Obese IR horses can get laminitis from hay alone if has too high a sugar content.
I urge you to go to www.safegrass.org
and read up on hay. You may even want to send in a sample of your hay in and have it tested for sugar content to see if it is safe to feed.
When I first got her about five years ago, she was at a healthy weight, but she has always had that crusty neck. The previous owners, who are friends of ours, told us that it's common in Welsh Cobs. Which she has Welsh Cob in her.
Right now, we just have her on hay. She's outside in a dirt paddock all day, with no access to grass. We don't give her any grain. She gets two flakes in the morning and two at night.
She is very cute and I agree, it'll take some work to get her slimmed down. That cresty neck may not ever go away. I used to help out on a horse farm where my friend worked and a lot of the guys horses were like that, overweight with big cresty necks. Even with the horses on a severe diet that neck never slimmed down even though the horses lost enough weight you could see ribs.
How is she kept currently? How much pasture access and how much grain or other supplements is she getting? Has she been getting worked fairly regularly?
Stated above, she has always had somewhat of a crusty neck. Now, no where near as bad as it is now, but she has always had one. I'm not sure if it's because of her bloodlines, or not.
Also as I said above, we keep her in a dirt paddock during the day and we bring her in the barn at night. Giving her only two flakes in the morning and two at night. We've only started her diet when winter began. Over the summer, she was out on the pasture all day. I had been really busy with work over the summer and hadn't been able to work her. She currently does not get any grain or any other supplements, for the fact that I can't afford at any supplements for her at the moment. As for working her regularly, I have been walking her around for about ten minutes a day. But I plan on stepping that up to a good 30-40 minutes.
She is incredibly obsese and I would be very worried about the possibility of founder.
Its not only her neck that is cresty......she has fat deposit on her shoulders over her rump on the underside of her neck..she also has fat deposits on her back...I would consider her a 9 on the hennke scale.
I would try to find a low sugar hay.....cut her back to just 20 lbs a day preferably divided into four feedings....and absolutely no grain or grain products period.
The other think you can do is put her on Thyro L......I did this with my overweight mare......I had her on the max of 5 scoops for about 3 months and took off about a 100 lbs.
I would start by hand walking this mare for 30 minutes a day and then start lunging her at the trot.
The other thing I do in the winter is a trace clip and don't blanket.
I would not allow your mare any grass what so ever until she is at an appropriate weight.
Thank you for your advice. I have been planning on walking her for 30-40 minutes a day. I will also look into Thyro L and see how much it will cost.
Here are a few pictures of her back a couple years ago.