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post #1 of 6 Old 07-07-2012, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
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Hi guys...

I am just a bit worried about my horse, and could use some advice.

2 months ago I moved him to another farm he is out with a nice herd of horses (about 12) and he's happy, but he has lost some condition... He isn't thin, but he went from getting 2kgs of food a day, to just eating grass 24/7. Obviously I don’t expect him to look like a show pony, he is abit scruffy with a long coat etc… He isn’t boney, but I can see that his high quarters are looking abit boney, no hips showing, but the bone at the top is showing, and he always had a nice round bum!

I did also remove his shoes (he's had shoes all his life, but decided to take them off and let him go barefoot) so I gave him about 3 weeks off to adjust, and to be honest I havent been working him as much as I should... He used to be ridden 3-4 times a week. Is it muscle loss on his hind area? Or fat loss?

I'm thinking I should start feeding him cubes again, and adding some sort of supplement... He is 12. Also since the shoes have been off, I rode him 3 weeks after the shoes were taken off, and he wasn't 100% sound.. not lame, but uneven in the trot...

Any advice? I want to start working him properly again to re-build muscle.

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post #2 of 6 Old 07-07-2012, 02:51 PM
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Can you post some before and after pics?
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Hi guys...

Is it muscle loss on his hind area? Or fat loss?
It's probably both as his exercise has decreased and his feed has been removed.
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post #4 of 6 Old 07-07-2012, 06:30 PM
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Yeah he's not getting enough to eat.. he needs more hay and possibly attention to any deficiencies he may be getting. Does he get salt?

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I'd guess it's just muscle-wastage.
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He isn’t boney, but I can see that his high quarters are looking abit boney, no hips showing, but the bone at the top is showing, and he always had a nice round bum!
Could be he's lost weight, could be he's put himself out somehow playing with his new friends, could be muscle loss due to lack of exercise. If it is weight loss, could be that he's not getting enough to eat, could be the stress of changing his situation, could be that he was too fat in the first place.... lots of speculation without enough info sorry.

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...so I gave him about 3 weeks off to adjust...
Also since the shoes have been off, I rode him 3 weeks after the shoes were taken off, and he wasn't 100% sound.. not lame, but uneven in the trot...
What was the '3 weeks to adjust' about? What advice has your farrier given you? What are his feet like? What is his living & working environment/footing? I'd start out learning all you can of the principles & factors that effect hoof health. I'd also be getting him boots or such, to protect & support his feet where necessary.

Check out my signature links, hoofrehab.com, barehoofcare.com, barefoothorse.com and go from there. If you would like more specific advice from us, pics & more info would be helpful.
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