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    04-06-2008, 02:36 PM
Horse obesity... Ick

So I left for the summer last year to go help my aunt up in Idaho to train some of her mustangs. She runs a mustang rescue ranch. So I leave my mare, Misty blue, with my parents. I come home and what do I find? My precious, mare completely plump and FAT. She's obese now... And I have no clue what to do because we ride every day and the pounds arent melting away... I'm guessing the weight is clinging to her better because of her age, (She's twenty) but she acts like a two year old... And she's a good ol' girl. She loves to gallop and I make her work almost every day...

Does anyone have any advice on how to slim down a chubby horse?

-Allison and Misty
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    04-06-2008, 02:41 PM
Metabolic disease, especially with her age, may be a part of the problem. Insulin Resistance and Cushing's disease can cause build up of fatty deposits.

What are you feeding? What breed is she?

A good idea would be to have your vet run a resting serum insulin test as a screening test for IR and Cushings. If the test indicates that IR is present and there are other symptoms to indicate that Cushing's is a possibility then testing for Cushings would also be recommended.

Here is a good article for you to read.
    04-06-2008, 02:48 PM
Hello, Ryle, with her age we already had thoes tests run. She does not have either diseases. She is completely sound with no diseases whatsoever and very active. I'm wondering if her workings just arent chalenging enough for her...

She is a Quarter horse. Right now she is being fed 1-2 alfalfa flakes in the morn and evening along with some other misc grains that the lady I board with throws in. I don't remmeber right off hand what the grains are, but I know they are very good, healthy feed. I will run to the ranch this afternoon to find out what the grain is.

I will get some pictures up whenever I can find my camera...

Thanks SO much for the help!

    04-09-2008, 11:23 AM
No more feed! My Misty gets fat too, she stands in during the day when she is fat. Unless your horse lives in, then less feed?

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