How to Rid Grass/Hay Belly?

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How to Rid Grass/Hay Belly?

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    09-30-2013, 09:34 PM
How to Rid Grass/Hay Belly?

Both my gelding and mare have bad grass bellies. They aren't fed oats or hay in the summer time, because we have good grass, but they still gain weight. They are healthy, just really fat. Is there a way to get rid of the grass belly other than exercise?

Here are pictures of them so you can get an idea...

[my mare]

[my gelding]
[He has always been overweight. I'm not sure he just has a low metabolism and puts on weight easily or what]
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    09-30-2013, 10:22 PM
The mare looks a bit fatter but not that bad the gelding isnt that fat. Exercise is the only way I know of to get rid of grass bellys.

Heck my gelding gets way fatter then that after having his nose stuck in a round bale all winter being a pig.
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    09-30-2013, 10:32 PM
Neither of those horses is fat or overweight. They actually don't look like they have bad hay bellies either. The way I keep grass bellies down is, alfalfa and high protein concentrates, that way they aren't just stuffing themselves silly on grass.
    09-30-2013, 11:06 PM
Really? The pictures must really shrink down the way they look. Thanks for both of y'all's help!!
    09-30-2013, 11:09 PM
Green Broke
Just like people -exercise more, eat less.
I sympathize -mine are both unfortunately super easy keepers
    09-30-2013, 11:26 PM
Originally Posted by TheHorseChronicles    
Really? The pictures must really shrink down the way they look. Thanks for both of y'all's help!!
Yeah really their not that fat looking wish I had a pic of my gelding from this spring. He looked like he was pregnant he was so fat.

He can gain weight just looking at hay and grass doesnt even need to eat it... Now that's a easy keeper

Right now you would never guess he's a easy keeper he's looks like a bone rack.

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