Managing Equine Obesity or how to feed your horse:)

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    06-11-2013, 08:20 AM
Green Broke
Managing Equine Obesity or how to feed your horse:)

I rarely cross post articles from TheHorse but, this is one of's better articles.

I also posted it in the "New To Horses" section as there's a lot of good information regarding measuring feed.

It also shows what a Body Score of "5" should really look like. &utm_campaign=06-10-2013

It's a well-written, informative and pretty accurate article
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    06-11-2013, 10:40 AM
Green Broke
Oh thank you for posting this. So many think my pony still needs more weight, I think she needs a diet. The only thing preventing her from being a perfect 5 is muscle on her topline. Otherwise she is now huge. So for fun I'm going to put her current pictures up and also to help discuss the judging of weight. She has had 3 weeks off from an injury and just now starting back into work. She gets daily dewormer, msm, and 10g magnesium added to a handful of alfalfa pellets (yes an actualy handful, equal to less than a half pound) once per day. And she is on 24/7 green pasture that is somewhere around 20 or so acres maybe more.

Needing some more exercise perhaps?

    06-11-2013, 11:01 AM
Poor Lizzie....tell your mommy she needs to learn to take more flattering pictures of you.....
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    06-11-2013, 11:11 AM
Green Broke
Lol I try but she always looks so dopey and now that she's got that woodtick look going on... I'm afraid she's going to need a grazing muzzle if the weight gain continues :( That will make for some pretty cute pictures lol.
    06-11-2013, 11:28 AM
That's just a grass belly. She deserves a grassbelly after all she's been through. It will go away once she can work again.
For decent pics....have somebody hold her, standing square on level ground, get a plastic bag and crush it to get her ears up, and aim at the withers. But calculate about 40 shots for one good pic
    06-11-2013, 11:42 AM
Green Broke
She's squishy over her ribs. Her butt is squishy. She does have a massive belly and quite frequently eats herself into a food coma. She finally just finished shedding this week so I can have someone help me get decent pictures.
    06-11-2013, 11:45 AM
    06-11-2013, 12:10 PM
Green Broke
Lol working on that. After her tendon swelling went down she had the worst case of scratches I had ever seen and the swelling went up into her knee. Then when that swelling went down she had a reaction to the equispot and her back leg swelled up. She still has no hair on the leg that had scratches. She is getting a joint supplement that arrives today so tomorrow she will start on that. She has been getting stiff and lots of stocking up if she doesn't move enough even though she's out in an open pasture 24/7.
    06-11-2013, 12:16 PM
Sounds like you'd better keep her out of the mud.....
    06-11-2013, 12:28 PM
Green Broke
They have a pond in the pasture but also the majority of it is higher ground. Judging by how dry/not mud packed her hooves have been the last two weeks I'm guessing the newness of the pond wore off and she's staying out of it.
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