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post #1 of 8 Old 08-04-2010, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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how can i keep the weight off?

My horse has been put on rest for several months by the vet due to an injury. that means no riding or light work at all. So basically, shes sitting in her field...and already shes getting FAT. I mean, its not like we're feeding her that much anyways...hay every once in a while, but she's getting fat off the grass. Yes, shes a very easy keeper. How can i maintain a fairly reasonable weight if i cant ride her and if she gains weight this easily?
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-04-2010, 11:24 AM
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You may have to consider limiting her time in the field if she's gaining too much weight on just grass. Also make sure that you don't give her any grain or grain products - it's really fattening...

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post #3 of 8 Old 08-04-2010, 11:26 AM
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No light work but how about walks? You could take her on walks like a dog just to keep her occupied and moving. Walking does more than people think!
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post #4 of 8 Old 08-04-2010, 11:39 AM
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How about a grazing muzzle?
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post #5 of 8 Old 08-04-2010, 11:44 AM
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I think if she could walk that would be a great way to keep that extra weight off. But I also think that limiting the grass/grain intake would help a lot.

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post #6 of 8 Old 08-04-2010, 11:46 AM
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Grazing muzzle and no grains... a good vitamin/mineral supplement will actually help as well... Mg or Remission will help as well

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post #7 of 8 Old 08-04-2010, 11:52 AM
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I've had to start locking mine up in a semi-dry lot with a run-in barn during the day this summer. At first, I just had one chubby guy so I tried a grazing muzzle with him, but he learned how to get it off within a few days. When I realized they were all getting chubby from the grass, I started locking them in a small area from 9:00 in the morning until 7:00 at night. It has the added advantage of encouraging them to go into the barn and stay out of the hot sun.
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post #8 of 8 Old 08-04-2010, 11:54 AM Thread Starter
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thanks guys! these are really helpful answers. I do take her for walks, almost every day...but i think I'm gonna start limiting pasture time..hopefully that will help.
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