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post #1 of 12 Old 02-09-2012, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation how to make horse loose weight?

hey! i was wondering how i could make my horse loose some weight. i was planning on showing her in 4-H halter and she deffinately needs to loose some! so here are some things u might wanna know:
i ride her maybe once every 2 weeks (due to winter) when summer i ride her maybe everyother day.
i lunge her about 2 times a week for about 30 minutes. (winter and summer)
she is fed about 1-2 flakes of hay nightly
she is fed about 1/2 scoop of oats
she is an open field horse and she eats grass (its winter so theres not much)
and in the spring/summer she is still in an open field and theres lots of grass

but i was jus wanting some suggestions to what you think i should do. its early febuary and the fair is in july...so i have time...i think...(:

and also please look @ the pictures...how can i build more needed muscle for her (for halter)...what exercises should i do with her and how long, how often...etc?(:


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post #2 of 12 Old 02-09-2012, 08:58 PM
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Weight loss is the same for horses as it is for humans - you have to take in less than you put out. The obvious answer is increasing her level of work (I would add riding time, not lunging time -- hitting the trails in winter can be lovely, and hills are great for working her muscles if you have any nearby). I know it is not much fun to be out in the cold winter weather, but sometimes we have to do what we'd rather not for the better of ourselves/others. Exercise will not only help with the burning of calories, but with the overall toning of her body - and toned/fit muscles and bodies burn more calories even when at rest than a non-toned/fit body.

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BTW, she is super cute and you make a lovely pair! If you want to insert pictures directly into your posts vs. posting a link you need only copy the "direct link" box on the photobucket page and then click the little box above the posting window here that looks like a mountain/sun in a box (14th from the left in the line that starts with "B" for BOLD) and paste what you took from photobucket into that box -- when you hit enter the image will insert into your post.
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30 minutes of lunging puts a lot of strain on the joints. Why not just ride her instead?
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I agree with increasing the riding. Also, does she get super fat in the spring and summer when the grass comes in or just a little chubby/hay belly-ish? If she gets extremely fat a grazing muzzle can be super helpful but is unnecessary if she doesnt have a huge weight problem or a history of founder or colic from the grass.
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Easy, eliminate the oats. Oats are very high in calories. Higher than your average grain.
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Easy, eliminate the oats. Oats are very high in calories. Higher than your average grain.
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Have to ask, what's that in your neck of the woods, as I thought of oats as the 'average grain' for horses?

But yes, cut the oats for a start OP. There's no need to feed 'high octane' fuel to horses not performing high octane exercise. I'd also restrict her grazing in spring/summer, either by fencing or with a grazing muzzle.

I agree that 30 mins lunging is an aweful lot, both on her joints and her mind. If you can't ride more, taking her for walks, esp up hills, ground driving, playing 'chasey' etc, even, assuming you're in a safe environment of course, 'ponying' her from your car are some good options for exercising her.
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I agree with increasing the riding. Also, does she get super fat in the spring and summer when the grass comes in or just a little chubby/hay belly-ish? If she gets extremely fat a grazing muzzle can be super helpful but is unnecessary if she doesnt have a huge weight problem or a history of founder or colic from the grass.

yes, i think most of it may be the grass.
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Have to ask, what's that in your neck of the woods, as I thought of oats as the 'average grain' for horses?

But yes, cut the oats for a start OP. There's no need to feed 'high octane' fuel to horses not performing high octane exercise. I'd also restrict her grazing in spring/summer, either by fencing or with a grazing muzzle.

I agree that 30 mins lunging is an aweful lot, both on her joints and her mind. If you can't ride more, taking her for walks, esp up hills, ground driving, playing 'chasey' etc, even, assuming you're in a safe environment of course, 'ponying' her from your car are some good options for exercising her.
We use oats as an energy supplement around here. Due to the high sugar content.
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We use oats as an energy supplement around here. Due to the high sugar content.
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Yes, but interested what you consider 'average grain' that's not high sugar/energy?
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