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post #11 of 19 Old 09-15-2010, 11:47 PM
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I agree with everyone here. I would suggest lunging him more then 3 times a week though, that'd be cutting him even on weight. How fat is this horse. Do you have any pictures. ? Unless he's close to foundering.. his weight shouldn't be such a huge problem. I have a super fat pony who jumps his height and no matter how in shape he is, he stays completely fat.. I wouldn't overreact so much over his weight unless it's a health factor. He can use 10 minutes of lunging a day. 5 minutes of trotting in each direction.. but keep in mind excersizing will lose his fat, but he's going to gain muscle too..

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If your horse is as old and out of shape and fat as you imply, your best bet is long walks. I would start with long walks on a lead. Add some riding, increasing the riding as the horse became more fit.

No Jumping!!!! Gosh. Out of shape and fat combined are plenty enough reasons why jumping is not a good idea.

I think walking is much better than lunging. Going in small circles puts more strain on the joints and with an older out of shape horse this might lead to injury.



Note - I am not anti lunging. I use lunging for lots of things. Yes, even exercise.
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Ride him .... ride him and ride him some more. My husband has a senior horse that is a very easy keeper. The more he is rode the better he looks.
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Too fat to be ridden? I don't think I've ever heard of that before... from what you describe, I would assume he is insulin resistent or has cushings. My mom's horse is quite the fatty and when the vet comes out within the next week for shots, we're getting her tested for insulin resistence.

Is your horse fatter than this horse? Because this horse is 25 and still being ridden and she's just fine minus her arthritis.

Jumping is a BAD, BAD idea for this horse I can promise you. The last thing you want to do to an overweight, out of shape (or any out of shape) horse is ask them to jump. They don't have the correct muscles since they haven't been working at all. What you should do is ride this horse or at least lunge him. Start out SLOW! Start with some walking, add in a little bit of trotting for the first few sessions. Then walking, more trotting than before, then cantering. I can't stress enough how bad it would be to jump this horse when he is not conditioned!

Age doesn't matter, no horse is too old or I don't even think too fat to be ridden...health is really all that matters, assuming he has no leg problems or any issue other than being fat, there is no reason he can't be ridden. It would be the best thing for him. Lunging is good but you don't want to put more stress on an older horses legs and lunging tends to do that, so if you DO lunge, please please PLEASE make big circles, not small ones.

Also don't take his food away, I know some people think this may solve the problem, but if your horse is indeed insulin resistent taking away his food will be a very bad thing for him. You should at least have him on a vitamin supplement IMO, I would have him taken off grass but make SURE he has hay to keep him filled up/occupied. Starving a horse like this will not make them lose weight! They have a problem with their metabolism that makes them overweight, not the actual eating itself. I'm not accusing you of doing this, but I just wanted to get that out there

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Did all of you people who are saying ride him and ride him some more, or lunge him tons miss that the OP said this horse was between 20 and 30, has done nothing for 6 years and is obese?

This poor horse has to be brought back slowly. Not just worked into the ground for the sake of loosing weight more quickly.

Slow and steady is what is needed here.
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Did all of you people who are saying ride him and ride him some more, or lunge him tons miss that the OP said this horse was between 20 and 30, has done nothing for 6 years and is obese?

This poor horse has to be brought back slowly. Not just worked into the ground for the sake of loosing weight more quickly.

Slow and steady is what is needed here.

You read my mind!

NO jumping. For cripes sakes! If the horse is that much overweight and out of shape, the impact of landing is going to cause some serious and probably work ending injuries.

Walk, walk, trot, walk.

Unless he is too fat to get a saddle on -get on him and start working. DAILY.
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Did all of you people who are saying ride him and ride him some more, or lunge him tons miss that the OP said this horse was between 20 and 30, has done nothing for 6 years and is obese?

This poor horse has to be brought back slowly. Not just worked into the ground for the sake of loosing weight more quickly.

Slow and steady is what is needed here.
Yes I read that and no one said to get on and work the crap out of him. I said ride him... I guess I should have said ride him a little and keep working him up in baby steps but ride him. You can start out with 15 mins at a walk and keep going from there but I still suggest to ride him. This is coming from an overweight woman with heart problems who is going on the advice from my doctor. Start our slowly but get him moving!
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Yes, your clarification certainly does make more sens than your original post.

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Ride him .... ride him and ride him some more. My husband has a senior horse that is a very easy keeper. The more he is rode the better he looks.
This implies, get on and work him and then work him some more.
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You read my mind!

Walk, walk, trot, walk.

Unless he is too fat to get a saddle on -get on him and start working. DAILY.
That is how I should have worded it when I said ride him ride him and ride him some more. Never meant get on him and work the crap out of him....
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