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        11-16-2008, 04:46 PM
      #11
    Banned
    I'd definitely just cut out grain all together. If he's an easy keeper he does not need the grain, so why give it to him?
    As you said, moving him to another pasture or reducing the ammount of hay is not an option then there is nothing other than giving him more work that will take off the pounds.

    When was he last wormed? Could be a worm belly also. Horses should be worked 6 weeks - 8 weeks, and switching worming medicines everytime.

    But I'll bet ya almost anyhting he ain't as fat as my guy hehe
         
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        11-18-2008, 06:35 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    I would find a new barn to board him at, where his hay intake can be controlled. If you can't afford a different barn, then consider free leasing him to someone who will move him to a new barn and/or can exercise him more regularly. Would he make a good lesson horse?
         
        11-18-2008, 06:39 PM
      #13
    Green Broke


    Another angle, same day (don't worry, I snatched my daughter off as soon as I snapped the photo, lol).



    This is my mare a couple of Decembers ago, when she was on round bales... My vet asked me when she was due! LOL I got her off round bales, off ALL grain/pellets, and onto a supplement that was high in magnesium. She now maintains her weight well on 25-30 lbs of hay a day, along with a little chopped alfalfa hay and plain whole oats to mix her supplement in.

    Not a flattering photo of her head/neck/withers lol, but you can see her weight here. This was taken last June. She was a perfect 5 on the henneke scale.

         
        11-18-2008, 06:44 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    Okay, looking at the above photos I look like a seriously irresponsible parent, lol.

    The first ones we impromptu shots while we were playing around in the pasture. She wanted to hop up there and get a couple of photos for her grandma. Bridgette (the horse) was in no danger of going anywhere, lol.

    The second photo was taken for a "professional" photo shoot. I had some spring/easter type photos done of Kayla with Bridgette. The photographer decided he wanted her on her, to get some riding photos. I was RIGHT outside the shot.

    Normally, 99.9% of the time, Kayla has on a helmet and proper riding attire. She always uses a bridle or some sort of head gear for the horse. When she's bareback, I make her use a bareback pad that has a handle.
         
        11-19-2008, 09:10 AM
      #15
    Green Broke
    I'd have her thyroid checked just to be on the safe side
         

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