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    10-01-2013, 09:13 AM
Haflinger Weight Loss Exercises

I have a 13.3 13 year old haflinger mare, who is a very easy keeper. I mean, I have to work her 3-4 days a week for her to keep the weight off. However, I needed to leave the state for a few months this summer and had her boarded at a facility where I specifically instructed that she be boarded in a dry lot, and exercised weekly.

Come back, to find her un-exercised, and in the pasture of horses that get grained. [insert hordes of curses] I am peeved. Apparently the NEW barn manager looked at the check and assumed it was for the pasture/grain group and not the extra money for the exercising. She gained about 100 extra pounds at least (we had to go up a size in her girth) and I am honestly concerned that she will founder at any moment.

She is at a new barn, where she is on a slow feed hay.
In a month, she will be at home where I can manage her diet better
(She is staying free at a friends barn as we finish fences)
I know it will be tempting, but please don't badger me on her feeding habits - having access to a round bale with a slow feed is not the BEST for her, but I cannot overstep my grounds by asking for special treatment. I just have to be able to burn off what she eats - in a safe and effective manor.

Eyeballing the DIY weight measurements - she is at about 1200lbs.
AHHHHH. *dies*
We have ample room to lunge (the grassy parking area)
And lots of empty country roads to ride on.
She has lots of get up and go - and these last two rides, all she wants to do is trot.

However, I don't want to over-do it and need some advice on
1. A timeline and sorts of exercises I should do with her.
2. How many days should I start off with?
On Sunday - we rode out with friends for just over an hour, walking.
On Monday - we lunged for about 5 minutes until I worried that small circles were bad for her joints, then saddled up and walked/trotted a bit down the road for 20 mins or so... it was the first ride out on a horse that thinks toilet lawn ornaments are scary.
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    10-01-2013, 09:19 AM
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I hack mine for about an hour and half to two hours at least twice a week and school for 40mins at least twice a week. Our hacks always involve a fair bit of trotting and canter work.

I've just taken a photo of my mare and I think she is a good weight and currently very fit.

Maybe just start by riding for longer and increasing the trot work and see how she goes? If she has the energy and lots of go then I would be happy to let her use that energy.
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    10-01-2013, 09:23 AM
What a beautiful halfinger! Yes, Cinner - my mare, has a bit more of a belly.
Thank you for the suggestions - perhaps I can work towards those goals.
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    10-01-2013, 09:29 AM
I work my easy keeper 6 days a week 3 to 4 hours a day doing lots of trotting and cantering. He just doesn't lose weight if not worked hard. Even at 6 days as hard as we ride he stays kinda chubby...

I also don't give him free acess to hay or grass I limit what he gets.
    10-01-2013, 09:30 AM
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Originally Posted by fadedoak    
What a beautiful halfinger! Yes, Cinner - my mare, has a bit more of a belly.
Thank you for the suggestions - perhaps I can work towards those goals.
I would love to see some photos of her and looking forward to hearing your updates.

Doing this on Sunday I think shifted a few pounds too
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    10-01-2013, 11:10 AM
I guess before I really get started on her weight loss adventure.
I really need to know

-Do I need to worry about just jumping in and doing 1-2 hour trail rides a 3-4 days a week? -

After saying that.
Today at the barn, I'll get her all pretty then take a picture of the most unflattering views.
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    10-01-2013, 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by fadedoak    
I guess before I really get started on her weight loss adventure.
I really need to know

-Do I need to worry about just jumping in and doing 1-2 hour trail rides a 3-4 days a week? -

After saying that.
Today at the barn, I'll get her all pretty then take a picture of the most unflattering views.
If she is keen, an hour and half gentle ride to start with isn't going to hurt, but play it by ear and listen to her if she gets tired. Then hopefully you can gradually increase the work
    10-01-2013, 10:08 PM
Here we go. I swear, the picture doesn't make her look as fat as she is, but you can see it in her neck - and her belly!

We went on another 2ish mile walk/trot (that included her power trot, which is as fast as a canter... but not as smooth)

    10-01-2013, 10:36 PM
She's way to fat picture shows how fat she is. She in serious need of weight lose.
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    10-01-2013, 10:39 PM
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I think you've gotten a whole lot of really good suggestions! And boy, that is a chunky girl! A CUTE chunky girl.

One thing to look into, to help her not founder while she's at this weight, would be a supplement like Remission. It's not very expensive - just about $20ish for a couple month supply, and it works great. It's some kind of combination of flax seed, probiotics, magnesium, and other...stuff that just seems to blast through that fat and inhibits inflammation related to founder/laminitis.
I have my Insulin Resistant-easy keeper Arabian mare [who, at almost 29, can't be really worked enough to burn her fat off reliably] on it and oh my gosh. I couldn't be more happy! I've never seen her without fat pads on her back and a cresty neck but, after a month or two of Remission, she doesn't have a crest OR fat pads. For the first time, ever, I haven't had to worry about her weight causing her to founder! It's a wonderful feeling.
I saw results within a week of starting her on the high dose. It's crazy. She's NEVER coming off it.
[I feed it with a ration balancer -I find that Triple Crown 30% seems to help my mare keep her weight down too...for whatever reason. But you can add it to a small handful of wetted down hay pellets, if you don't feed an RB]
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