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    08-10-2011, 11:03 AM
Heat causing weight loss?

Has anyone else had this problem? Our farrier says all of the horses he's worked on lately have lost quite a bit of weight.

Our horses have good grass hay virtually 24/7, and are fed alfalfa pellets/beet pulp every day. However, it's been spectacularly hot this summer, and they seem to have lost weight. Not a lot, but a noticeable amount - they all look a bit ribby. However, they spend more time standing in the shade than eating - even when we put the hay in the shade, they tend to ignore it for the most part and just doze.

Hopefully, their appetites (and weight) will pick back up when the weather moderates?
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    08-10-2011, 11:15 AM
Yes - I've noticed that too. More so though on the horses that aren't used/worked on a regular basis.
    08-10-2011, 11:19 AM
Yep, some of ours are looking a bit less rotund as well. They are probably like me, when it's hot outside and they are hot, they just don't feel like eating.
    08-10-2011, 11:27 AM
Whew! That's a relief. I was afraid our farrier was just trying to be nice. I had finally got Dancer looking really good, and now her ribs are showing a bit. I'm still working on her top line, which hasn't lost any ground, fortunately, just a bit ribby.

Even daughter's little paso mare, who has ALWAYS been a bit fluffy, has lost a little bit of weight.
    08-11-2011, 04:15 PM
Yea my guys have suffered in this heat as well. Can't WAIT for it to cool off.
    08-11-2011, 05:01 PM
Aidan is doing this to. Not very happy about it since we got threw winter without losing anything and he was looking great during threw spring.
    08-11-2011, 10:41 PM
And it's happening here in Arizona, too. The horses just don't want to eat, they want to be finding shade. I'm a little sad, we had just gotten my TB to a nice weight and now he's ribby again :( but their weight will pick up again in the winter.
    09-14-2011, 03:11 AM
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