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    10-21-2008, 08:37 PM
huge haybelly!

Ok..just so everyone knows...there is NO WAY that I am changing stables.ok? Lol....just had to make that clear.

Ok so I don't know what to do.i can't really change her pasture mare has a HUGEEEE haybelly.they get 24/7 turnout with 24/7 acess to round bales. Then she gets her feed once a day.because she is also on I was wondering, is there a way to get rid of hay bellies without necissarily taking out the hay?
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    10-21-2008, 08:52 PM
Exercise, exercise exercise!

Could you remove the the grain that she gets?
    10-21-2008, 09:02 PM
Well...she gets like 3/4 of a scoop of dumor/pleasure pellets. But she's not ridden much.only about once or twice a week.they get hay all the time but theres grass....not much but there is would an all hay diet be ok?
    10-21-2008, 09:06 PM
Ok well heres her.i mean maybe its not huge but still..she looks funny.and idk..i just feel weird if I took her to a show or can't really c it in this picture I have to get a better one.but yeah, its bad.i seem to never have pictures showing what I want!

    10-21-2008, 09:16 PM
How old is she? If she's not on any specific supplements or vitamins, I think you could possibly take her off grain completely. There's a lot of horses I know who don't get grain at all.

This won't do much however, unless she has proper exercise. Exercise is really the only thing that will help with this. You want to turn the fat into toned muscle, not just have sagging, unmuscled fat bulging here and there.

That's all I can really suggest. Oh, and make sure she isn't wormy!
    10-21-2008, 09:26 PM
I don't know where it is you live, but winter is only a month away and she will need that "hay belly" to keep her warm. I believe after winter horses (without blankets and all the jaz) will drop 2 sizes on the 1-10 scale on weight.

^thats if they are outside all the time, I think.

Otherwise, the only way you will be able to get her weight down is by EXERCISE and a cut back on her feed.

    10-21-2008, 09:30 PM
I agree with Brandon, the hay belly will keep her warm in the winter. And actually having hay 24/7 is healthier for her than having it only fed twice a day. She is less likely to colic if she always has something in her stomach.

I also think that possibly removing the grain might help also.
    10-21-2008, 09:41 PM
No she's not she does have heaves/really bad allergies.does that effect anything?and do you think if I took her off pellets that she may not cough as much?i know hay doesn't do her much good with heaves but theres really nothing I can do.i can't go out there and exercise her during the week.she gets ridden really only on saturday and sunday.because she's about a half hour away.the reason she's boarded there is beacuse its basically free..even feed and hay.and wormer and stuff because she's at my uncles.and they recently gave her to me and all my dad has to do is help my uncle out with small things on the farm in order to keep her we made out on a good deal.but I can't go around giving orders that I want her paddock moved and stuff.

Anywho, she's 11-12ish.has heaves. And is on 24/7 round bale access and gets 2/3 a scoop of dumor pleasure pellets every day once.only ridden twice a week.

So should I get rid of the pellets? Is there enough vitamins and stuff in just hay and little grass?and she would of course pick at oats from the other horses feed buckets/leftovers.we are starting to barrel race so is that ok with that much food?
    10-21-2008, 09:43 PM
Yeah.i wouldn't start without pellets until spring.i live in NY
    10-21-2008, 09:44 PM
My horse is on round bales 24/7 and grass....he only gets grain when I go up to ride him...never any time else. I would definitely say that taking off the grain might help, but for the heaves it's probably from the hay...which again you said you can't really do too much about.

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