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    03-14-2013, 09:41 PM
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Foal
Fat Horse

So its been a long winter and my mare is well fat we know she's not pregnant, and she's a grain guzzler. But her stomach is huge like 2x the size of a regular horses tummy. Just the other day I rode her and she couldn't go faster than a fast walk, so I used a crop for a couple rings. She responded but she was scared so I tried again with out crop and still couldn't do it. So is it because she's fat or because of something else. Btw she's about 5 yrs.
     
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    03-15-2013, 08:18 AM
  #2
Yearling
If your horse is fat, then you need to put it on diet. To get her to move you can try feeding a little bit of cereal grains to boost energy levels, but overall intake should be limited.
Find out the weight of the horse and feed it at 2% of body weight - turnout should be limited time or with a muzzle - however if horse is stabled for half the time and turned out the other half it can try to compensate what it didnt get before :P

Fat horses need low calorie diet - high quality forage for 6-8 weeks at 2% body weight, then lower the dose for the next 8 weeks if the horse is extremely fat to 1.5 %. Extremely fat horses need a lot more workout but no grain, oil etc. feed lots of fibre. Make sure she has enough vitamins and minerals for healthy life, but forage will give her the energy she needs and she will start burning the fat too.
A picture would help to try and evaluate how fat she really is, or try to get someone to use one of the body condition scoring systems to evaluate, how fat she is.
There can also be other reasons than just obesity that cause unwillingness to move - make sure the vet says she is OK to work harder and be on a diet.
Make sure if the horse is turned out on pasture that she doesnt have access to lush, sugary grass - the more she eats of lower calorie feed the better it will be :)

Has she been dewormed btw?
     

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