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    12-08-2008, 10:50 PM
  #1
Foal
How to help my horse lose a little weight?

So Galina has got a pretty big grass belly at the moment. I mean, she's not anywhere near a dangerous weight but it would be good for her to lose a little of the weight.

She's out in her 7 acre pasture 24/7 with 5 other horses. It's not really an option to stable her so that she has less grazing time. She doesn't get a daily feed or anything, she just gets two large scoops of lucerne chaff and 3/4 scoop EasiResponse after she is worked, which is normally 3-4 times a week. Her workouts are usually around 30 minutes, once a week she'll have a 60 minute ride.

Do you think if I cut down her chaff to just one scoop, would it help at all? I know there isn't really much leeway to cut down her feed, but I was just looking for opinions to see if there are any ways to get her in a good weight.

If I increased her workload, how much would that help?

It's not really a major issue of great importance, but I just wanted to put it out there and get some feedback... just something I've been thinking about.
     
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    12-08-2008, 11:03 PM
  #2
Trained
Wow... she's on pasture 24/7, Plus Chaff, Plus a whole lot of hardfeeed when she's ridden 3/4 times a week, for only 30 mins? That's a lot of food! My horses live on pasture 24/7, get a small scoop of vitality plus each day, and a larger scoop if they are competing. I ride for at least 2 hours most days of the week, and compete every weekend. When there is enough grass in the pasture they don't get fed at all, except for at competitions! If there is adequate pasture available, they really don't need additional feed unless they are defficient in something (my horses get selenium and applie cider vinegar) Or they are working HARD or competing. If they are a good weight, even then they don't need a lot, just enough to replace anything they may have lost due to the excercise.

That's how I work it with my horses anyway, and they are all still pretty fat, although quite fit. Good luck with her :]
     
    12-08-2008, 11:14 PM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by wild_spot    
Wow... she's on pasture 24/7, Plus Chaff, Plus a whole lot of hardfeeed when she's ridden 3/4 times a week, for only 30 mins? That's a lot of food! My horses live on pasture 24/7, get a small scoop of vitality plus each day, and a larger scoop if they are competing. I ride for at least 2 hours most days of the week, and compete every weekend. When there is enough grass in the pasture they don't get fed at all, except for at competitions! If there is adequate pasture available, they really don't need additional feed unless they are defficient in something (my horses get selenium and applie cider vinegar) Or they are working HARD or competing. If they are a good weight, even then they don't need a lot, just enough to replace anything they may have lost due to the excercise.

That's how I work it with my horses anyway, and they are all still pretty fat, although quite fit. Good luck with her :]
Wow! 2 HOURS!?? Jees I don't think my horse could handle that - actually, I probably couldn't either..

The chaff and hard feed is basically just to keep her in condition. I mean I know I only work her in short bursts, but I work her pretty hard, she gets tired and sweaty. The hard feed is for electrolytes and whatnot, and its really not that much.

So I'm thinking I should try cutting down the chaff and giving her some more 60 minute workouts..? If I start working her for an hour, should I still cut down the chaff, or leave it the same?
     
    12-08-2008, 11:28 PM
  #4
Weanling
I would first cut down on the Chaff and work her more too and see if it helps. If she looses too much then I would put her back on a little more chaff again.
     
    12-08-2008, 11:33 PM
  #5
Trained
It's good fun, we just trail ride for hours through the suburbs and along trails etc. We don't train that often, cause when you traing MG too much they anticipate which is BAAAD. Lol. So we just do fitness work mostly.

I think she would be fine having 60 minute workouts with less chaff. Really she would be gettin enough roughage from the pasture, and your right the hardfeed will replace any electrolytes she may lose during the workout.
     
    12-08-2008, 11:54 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by wild_spot    
It's good fun, we just trail ride for hours through the suburbs and along trails etc. We don't train that often, cause when you traing MG too much they anticipate which is BAAAD. Lol. So we just do fitness work mostly.

I think she would be fine having 60 minute workouts with less chaff. Really she would be gettin enough roughage from the pasture, and your right the hardfeed will replace any electrolytes she may lose during the workout.
Okay, thanks for all the good advice wild spot. And also thankyou to shermanismybaby for the input! =)
     
    12-09-2008, 12:07 AM
  #7
Trained
No probs :]
     
    12-10-2008, 01:08 AM
  #8
Foal
Try cutting down the chaff and trotting. A lot of trotting is going to equal less of a belly on your horse.
     
    12-10-2008, 01:12 AM
  #9
Trained
Yeah my 5 year old who is worked 5/6 times a weeks an hour each time gets 6 flakes of hay and two scoops of ration a day.
It sounds like your horse could be sustained on the pasture alone, with a mineral supplement.
Definitely cut back the feed.
     

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