horse gaining weight in the winter... How do I stop it??

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horse gaining weight in the winter... How do I stop it??

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    01-18-2012, 08:40 PM
horse gaining weight in the winter... How do I stop it??

Ok, for some bizzar reason my horse is gaining weight in the winter. When I got him he was under weight... and that was last summer. Now its winter and he is over weight? What can I do to get him to slim down for the show season??

He is a pasture kept horse. I have a dry lot and walk-in-shelter, but no stalls. Please someone help me out because I am not sure what to do at this point.

Here is a video of him.. Its kinda hard to see and its a sorta silly video my cousins made but you can see how thick he is... How bad do you guys think it is?
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    01-18-2012, 08:55 PM
If you figure how that happens, the weight issue, let me know. My horses get fat in the winter as well & all they eat is hay to keep them warm. Thank you for posting the video, and it's not bad at all. Only room for improvement. I will offer a little tip, keep your elbows in by your sides. Your hands only move from there, so that means no pulling back, or sliding them forward, your hands only move up and down from your wrist & elbows. Enjoy!
    01-18-2012, 09:00 PM

Haha thank you:)) Yea I am trying desperately to figure it out! Haha I will let you know:)
    01-18-2012, 10:05 PM
Green Broke
Your horse is eating more calories than it is burning. Simple as that. There is no magic formula. On pasture it walks around all day and nibbles, now it stands in one area and eats hay. The hay is probably alot richer than your fields. Switch to a lower quality hay and feed a smallamount of low starch feed to make up for mineral, vitamin shoretcomings.
Also are you riding as long and often as usual?
    01-18-2012, 10:31 PM
How much are you riding him? You also might be feeding him to much, and as said before, too rich of hay. Even though it's winter he still needs to be rode just as much as long as its not icey. ( not sure where you live or if your riding thru the winter) I'd figure out if the hay is too rich and put him on a excersise schedule, depending on how much time you have. If you were working with him alot before winter and arnt working with him as much now, he's going to get bigger, like said before he's also not walking around a pasture. Hope this helped! :)
    01-18-2012, 11:08 PM
He roundbaled?
    01-18-2012, 11:13 PM
You could get him a grazing muzzle but I think he just needs more exercise judging by that big ol hay belly ;P
    01-18-2012, 11:28 PM
This is why I am not posting any videos of my horses, I don't want to embarrass them. No they are not getting ridden regularly, it's -40, you wanna come over & ride them???
    01-19-2012, 12:04 AM
Originally Posted by waresbear    
This is why I am not posting any videos of my horses, I don't want to embarrass them. No they are not getting ridden regularly, it's -40, you wanna come over & ride them???
Would if I could

But no I think they should be left alone.. it's hard enough breathing without everything burning in 15 F...
    01-23-2012, 05:23 PM
Excuse me, But I do belive that rude comment on my video was directed towards me. Please watch what you say..

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