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post #1 of 5 Old 07-07-2011, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
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my neighbor has a shetland pony, and he is pretty round.... not like obese, but its hard to feel his ribs. he gets put out on pasture everyday, and gets a LITTLE bit of grain. im going to ask if his grain can get taken away (gradually of course) what else can we do to make him fit??
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-07-2011, 04:32 PM
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Do you have any photos? What would you say he'd be on the henneke scale?
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If he's not a working horse, he'll do just fine on pasture. If his weight is a big concern, you could take him for 15-20 minute walks a few times a week (you'd be surprised at how much weight a horse can lose on just walking alone). Although you say he's not necessarily obese...cutting the grain could do the trick to plateau his weight.

How many hours is he on pasture a day approximately? Also, what grain is he on?
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-07-2011, 05:11 PM
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I doubt with the amount of grain that he gets that it would be hard on him to have it taken all away at once.

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post #4 of 5 Old 07-07-2011, 05:45 PM
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If you have adequate pasture and he's only getting a small amount of grain, you can likely just cut the grain, and that may prevent him from gaining weight. He won't "get fit" unless you get him on an exercise plan. I find trotting is the best way to drop pounds on a pony. Start slowly, build up his stamina and don't push too hard, but push a little further every day.

I'm curious why you have any say though, if it's your neighbors horse. Are you leasing him or something?

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post #5 of 5 Old 07-07-2011, 05:50 PM
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If it is not your horse and his health is not at great risk, I would not say anything.
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