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    06-14-2009, 11:16 PM
Good luck figuring something out.
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    06-14-2009, 11:19 PM
My father helps out the local farmer who makes it so oats are only $5-8, it depends on the season. I have no idea where to get any RB, we don't have A feed store close or a credit card.
My vet might be old school, but he's the best we can get ;)

Toys we have tried, he never really was interested. He has a few jolly balls and toys in his stall and they look like brandnew. This week is the last week of my tests so I will have alot of free time, I can't wait!
    06-14-2009, 11:19 PM
Thanks everyone.
    06-15-2009, 07:00 AM
If you PM or post your zip code I might be able to find something close to you ...
    06-15-2009, 10:18 AM
There are quite a few replies already but consider the basics. A horse whether fat or not needs the proper nutrients to remain healthy that often pyre pasture will not allow especially if it is reduced. An oats filler isn't needed when they are fat already and on pasture, you don't need the calories and the nutrients in 12 fluid oz of oats isn't a large benefit.

To reduce the weight while providing and adequate diet consider feeding a micro nutrient like KER IR PelletIt was designed as a concentrated, low-calorie, low-starch source of vitamins and trace minerals. This stuff isn't a diet pill though , to help reduce the weight add a grazing muzzle during the daytime and if needed take it off at night. Many horses especially IR horses and ponies on pasture with lower work loads need a grazing muzzle for much of the year. You may or may not need to go this route.
    06-15-2009, 10:52 AM
Thanks =)

Peggy thanks for the offer, I did some searching myself and found one 45 mins away. I will go and look at that mill sometime this week.
    06-15-2009, 05:33 PM
If your horse is causing trouble, it's because he is bored. It's not a behavioral problem, and it's very fixable. The solution is to stimulate your horse, not feed him more food than he needs.
    06-15-2009, 10:09 PM
I feed my horses with grass ration sometimes with carrots or apples chopped up in it. I have 2 horses that would eat all the time too. I know how hard it is. My 2 fuller figured guys really slimmed way down on free choice hay ration and no lush grass grazing. Let them eat the pasture down to nothing or mow it down to nothing and let them walk all over getting their hay. Read pasture paridise by Jamie Jackson. Keeps them busy and eating all day. I would get mad if I only could eat when someone else said it was ok and I would eat EVERYTHING they gave me. Free choice they don't eat half as much as they do with 2 meals a day. Really
    06-16-2009, 02:22 AM
I say the best thing for a over weight horse is exercise, my arabian is slightly over weight and I've been taking him out for about 1-2 hrs.a day every two days, lots of jogging/trotting.

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