In another thread I discussed my fear for my horse to develop laminitis. He has not had any form of this disease. Last summer / fall he became very heavy (okay, obese) strictly on pasture. Because of winter I left it alone. During the winter he dropped maybe 100 lbs. he lost some of the pudge but he didn't thin out nearly as much as the other horses. Mid May, his neck started to slightly crest and become firm so I put him in dry lot with a bland grass hay and WORKED him daily to build cardio and muscle. For the first two weeks it was longing and then in saddle bending and supple.
By the fifth week, his excess weight had melted off his shoulders, back, and buttocks. His neck still had a slight fatty roll on top but overall his neck was not as thick throughout and the top crest was soft and supple.
I put him back out to pasture to prevent additional weight loss, he was now looking too thin. He has put a little weight back on since going back to the pasture but now he looks svelte and fit. His neck still has the fatty roll on top but it remains soft. I did put him in dry lot two weeks ago for maintenance on the neck but the weight is still correct for him.
I am terrified of him foundering and have researched the topic to understand the signs and causes, but it just confuses me more.
In another thread that I hijacked it was suggested to feed magnesium as a preventative measure. Has anyone done this?
Does it have to be daily? Did you feed Epsom salts or a different form of magnesium. He normally does not get grain but I do give him a 1/4 scoop as a "reward" after our training sessions and when we travel.
Thank you for sharing your experiences.