How to keep him healthy and stop the theif, Radar

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    09-07-2010, 08:27 PM
How to keep him healthy and stop the theif, Radar

Okay, so I have a little 12.2hh pony Bart. He just turned 20 this year and has always been on the skinny side while in our care because our vet told us he is at risk for cushings and he is prone to laminitus(sp?) and founder. Well, I have always been okay with barely being able to see his ribs when he breathes out but I've been noticing lately how out of control this has gotten. We have my grandparent's wild burro, not so wild anymore but wild enough to where he wont get in the trailer and go home, and he keeps stealing Bart and Dozer's food! Dozer isnt underweight and I don't know why he isnt! He pushes his food out of his stall if I don't feed Radar to try and share. Oh! I forgot to mention, Radar is VERY obese and I want to get that down but I can't control what he eats because he isnt mine... Anyways, yesterday my grandparents told me to not feed him, well, that isnt good on him mentally and even if I don't feed him he just steals Bart and Dozer's food. I can't lock him up because they would get really mad at me because last time he was locked in his eye got scratched by something. But if I don't lock him up he can get whatever food he wants...

Any advice would be greatly appreciated because I WONT let my pony get any thinner.

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    09-09-2010, 01:15 AM
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    09-09-2010, 01:23 AM
Maybe you could try putting a grazing muzzle on Radar so he can't be stealing the food. He might be able to get something through there but not much!
    09-09-2010, 02:03 AM
Yeah, grazing muzzle sounds like a good bet, or move your horses, if you can't separate them.
    09-09-2010, 08:20 AM
If you can not lock up Radar while you feed the others; lock up your horses while they eat. That will allow them to eat their feed undisturbed and Radar will not get anything.

You can manage to not feed radar while the others are having their grain, just give him some loose scraps of low calorie hay.
    09-09-2010, 07:56 PM
My horses are locked in their stalls for food, the stalls aren't enclosed so food still gets pushed out through the pipe corral and he just sticks his head through and eats there food, no matter how far I throw my horses food in. I will make sure they are okay with a grazing muzzle... they will probably say I am being mean to their cute little donkey that they spent 5 years getting him from healthy to out of control obese. And now they don't want him back. Its pretty ridiculous, If you guys have anymore suggestions I would love to hear them just in case they arent okay with a grazing muzzle.
    09-09-2010, 08:58 PM
My horse is a very easy keeper and she has her's on all day. She was a bit disgusted with it at first but she is fine now. Sure she doesn't love it but she tolerates it just fine. And its sure better than her foundering or getting cushings because she is morbidly overweight!

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