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post #1 of 17 Old 11-15-2012, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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Fat, Fat, Fat

I picked up a new mare last Saturday, and she's sweet and sane, but after sitting in a pasture for 18 months, not being ridden because her owner couldn't ride due to physical medical issues and just loved and spoiled her (and her pasture mates) to no end, she is FAT! He was giving alfalfa rich hay, (2 full bales a day for three horses) Skittles, Apple Jacks, etc. Holy cow is she a chunky monkey. When we saddle her, I have to walk around to the other side and get her fat roll out of the way so the cinch can fit nicely behind her front legs. I cannot even feel her ribs, and she has so much back fat her back looks like a butt crack :)

I've been riding her daily, about 30 minutes a day at mostly a walk. Very occasionally I will ask her to trot a little, but she can't do it for long and it almost sounds like she's getting winded at a trot. Now I know it's not fair to compare human and equine fitness levels, but I remember how I was when I first started running and was overweight, so I'm hoping that she's just out of shape winded and trotting with a rider is cardio intensive. She doesn't sound "wheezy" and isn't coughing and is rather willing to try. The previous owner was very honest and has kept in touch and has never had any health issues with her. I have not pushed her under saddle, just asked her to try and do the best she can since we're working on a slow reconditioning plan.

So I guess what I'm wondering is if anyone else has experienced this with an BBM (Big Beautiful Mare!) or if I should have other concerns.

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post #2 of 17 Old 11-15-2012, 11:28 AM
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What are you feeding her now?

Glad to hear you are exercising her.....I would definitely keep her at the walk until she dropped some weight.



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post #3 of 17 Old 11-15-2012, 11:28 AM
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ah yes, the fatties. Your on the right track. I'm assuming you've appropriately cut back her food? What you are doing is perfect. Slowly getting any horse into shape is important, but just like humans, very overweight horses need an even slower schedule. What you are doing now, mostly walking with some trotting is great. As her weight starts to come down, increase trotting time.
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post #4 of 17 Old 11-15-2012, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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Super Nova: She's on round bale hay in the pasture, not sure of the mix but I know it's nothing like what she was getting at her previous home! I told my husband to lay off the skittles so she's getting no treats with the exception of a baby carrot or two infrequently. She's also getting just enough (maybe 1 cup) of grain so I can give her MSM for her popping hocks.

I was hoping being introduced to a new herd of mares, they'd chase her off the food source for a while, but they let her in faster then they did my gelding when he was in that herd!

Glad to know I'm on the right track!
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post #5 of 17 Old 11-15-2012, 11:56 AM
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Id be putting a grazing muzzle on her with acess to a round bale 24/7 that alone will keep her fat. I own a very easy keeper and i dont put out round bales anymore. I peel off them and put it in a small hole hay nets. Hes trimmed down now took alot of working him this summer. Your doing the right thing though slow and easy takes time to get that weight off.
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post #6 of 17 Old 11-15-2012, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
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I board her, and due to the cold they've put out round bales in all the pens for the winter. I'll talk to my barn owner though about putting a grazing muzzle on during the day. That's a great idea!
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Thats good they feed lots of hay but the fattys dont need to be pigging out 24/7. Grazing muzzle really helped my gelding lose some weight.I left his muzzle on 24/7 just need to make sure it fits right so she doesnt get her face rubbed raw.
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post #8 of 17 Old 11-15-2012, 12:38 PM
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take pics of her now, so in a year from now you can just stare in amazement of the progress she's made.
When I moved into my place, there was a mare here that had been abandoned. She's was the most obese starving horse you'd ever met.
I started small walks. Then turned out she was a perfect riding horse, so did short rides~ a mile or so. Now, we do 3hr rides and she's absolutely stunning.

Rehabbing the fatties is very rewarding.
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post #9 of 17 Old 11-15-2012, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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take pics of her now, so in a year from now you can just stare in amazement of the progress she's made.
When I moved into my place, there was a mare here that had been abandoned. She's was the most obese starving horse you'd ever met.
I started small walks. Then turned out she was a perfect riding horse, so did short rides~ a mile or so. Now, we do 3hr rides and she's absolutely stunning.

Rehabbing the fatties is very rewarding.
I love to hear this! I've taken a million pictures, probably have fewer pictures of my children than my horses. Whoops.

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post #10 of 17 Old 11-15-2012, 01:01 PM
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I love the tipped over feeder with the fatty in front of it. Guilty?

She's going to be GORGEOUS!

If I knew how to post pics, I'd post my BFM's before and afters.
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