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    01-21-2010, 02:04 AM
Green Broke
Exclamation My horse is OVERWEIGHT!-obese


I just a new horse. She is clearly overweight and I am in a rut because she is in a pasture with a pregnant mare. So my horse will eat her half flake(it's a big flake still) and we give the other mare 2 flakes. My horse will steal some of the pregnant horse's food but she usually lets my horse know to back off. Anyways, I don't know what I can do to make her lose weight. She is eating alfalfa because it's cold weather. I tried giving her just grass hay tonight but she looked at me like "what the heck?" haha.

I ride her everyday. There might be a day or two that I don't but other than that I ride. And there isn't much for her to eat in the pasture.

Let me know if there is anything I can do.
I want her to stay in the pasture with my mom's horse so we can ride together. I would hate to stable her.
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    01-21-2010, 02:55 AM
Separate them when you feed, and wait until they are both done. Are you feeding any grain? Or just hay? They don't necessarily need alfalfa just because it's winter. Mine are all on a grass mix and do just fine.
    01-21-2010, 02:59 AM
There isnt a whole lot you can do unless you seperate them so she isnt stealing the other ones hay. You could feed her the grass hay and cut them back on the isnt good for any animal to be obese, especially horses. It basically comes down to how much you want her to lose weight, you may have to seperate them until she is at an appropriate weight and/or ride or work her longer.
    01-21-2010, 03:00 AM
Green Broke
Well the thing is that they are in a pasture.I live in an apartment and they are on some family property. I feed them in the evening(they get fed in the morning by my mom's husband) and I don't have a place to really seperate her off unless I have her standing in a lot of mud.

I'm not feeding her grain. Just alfalfa. I thought about just buying grass hay but she would end up stealing my mom's horse's alfalfa.

I guess I just need to lunge her a lot or something.
    01-21-2010, 03:03 AM
Ya then the only thing you can really do is just up her exercise. Lunge then ride or do lots of trotting when you ride etc...
    01-21-2010, 03:05 AM
Nice paint in your profile pic btw :)
    01-21-2010, 03:09 AM
Green Broke
:) that's my horse in the profile picture.
She's my little fatty.

I do worry about her cause she is overweight and she is only 14.2 hands.
She loves to run so once I get a new saddle I am making her run and I will do extra lunging as well.

I heard you shouldn't feed horses right after a work that true?

    01-21-2010, 03:10 AM
You could tie her while the other mare is eating. But I think you'll see the most improvement by setting up a gradual workout schedule for her. I wouldn't lunge her for longer than 30 minutes since small circles can be hard on a horse.

EDIT:: (I didn't see that you had posted again, sorry. ;))

Be sure not to run her too hard, especially if she isn't used to hard work. With the fatty that I started conditioning in spring 2009, I started off with only walk and trot for half an hour and gradually built up our rides.

Just be sure to cool her off before feeding. ;) What that means for me is that the horse's skin is warm or cool to the touch (I usally feel the chest area) and that they are breathing normally, as opposed to flaring their nostrils for breath.
    01-21-2010, 03:13 AM
Green Broke
Oops I accidently pushed the send button!

Anyways what I was going to say is that maybe I should stable her?
I would HATE to do that.

I guess I can clear out the mud and seperate her off. We have to water troughs....she needs to lose weight.

She's the fattest horse I've ever seen in person.

I still love her.

We are going to the arena tomorrow morning so she will be working out :)
    01-21-2010, 03:15 AM
Green Broke
Thank you very much :)

I will start doing a workout schedule for her.
I imagine at one time she was in shape because she use to be a gaming horse...or maybe she was still fat,haha.

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