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post #1 of 12 Old 11-19-2008, 04:55 AM Thread Starter
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Question How to fix this?

Sorry, I don't know if this is the right place for this or not, but my horse is quite fat. Therefore, we keep her in a dirt paddock with a shelter most of the day, but she gets let out into a grass paddock for a while every second day, and she gets fed every day as well. But the point is, she gets bored. So bored, that she's started licking and chewing posts, etc. Can anyone suggest some things to keep her occupied when I'm not there?

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post #2 of 12 Old 11-19-2008, 08:01 AM
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Get her a toy... like a Jolly Ball or something...

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post #3 of 12 Old 11-19-2008, 09:15 AM
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or empty milk jugs...those are cheaper and work well!

Can you cut out the grain and up hay?

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post #4 of 12 Old 11-19-2008, 10:42 AM
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I agree, more hay for her to munch on. Can you put a friend in there with her? Even just a goat or donkey?
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post #5 of 12 Old 11-19-2008, 10:58 AM
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definitely cut out the grain. I'm a firm believer that all horses can live without grain of any type and still be fat little creatures.

It's healthier for your horse to have unlimited hay, but excersize is also important to keep off some of the unwanted pounds.

There are many ways to keep her occupied like buying jolly balls, milk jugs (definately cheaper), lik-its (might not help too much with the weight problem, but I dunno), and different things.

Also remember though, horses are herd animals and shouldn't be left alone. They should have at least a goat or something in with them to keep them company. Having a friend in there will give her some playing time where she won't be bored.
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post #6 of 12 Old 11-19-2008, 11:38 AM
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is she getting any excersise..

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post #7 of 12 Old 11-19-2008, 12:03 PM
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cut all grains ... spread her hay all over the dirt pen ... so it takes her longer to eat it ... Mg supplement will also help her utilize the sugars she has stored therefore helping her to lose a bit of weight adn also will help if she is getting nervous

Be sure you do not remove her nutrition when you remove her grain products look for a good vitamin/mineral supplemenet like a ration balancer or if you want evern lss calories Smartpaks Grass maintence

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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post #8 of 12 Old 11-19-2008, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I lunge her every day, so she's getting exercise.

Its just a bit hard to up the hay at the moment, coz I live in Australia and hay is sooo expensive at the moment because of the drought, and its really hard to find hay of a good quality that's a reasonable price. The last hay we went to get was all dusty and starting to rot, and these people thought that was ok, but we said no.

I'll look into some toys, and see what my parents say about her having some company.

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post #9 of 12 Old 11-19-2008, 03:11 PM
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ah, that makes sense

Well, in the meantime, what about cutting her grain very low and spreading what hay she is getting around the pen?

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post #10 of 12 Old 11-19-2008, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, that might be a good idea. Thanks :)

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