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post #1 of 6 Old 06-05-2012, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Obese horse help

I just got a new job. I am working on a cattle ranch and am in charge of training one horse and exercising the mare. This mare is extremely fat. She has been out with the cows on the green grass and had a very easy winter from the looks of her. The owner pulled her out and put the horses on a dry lot after a farrier told him she will founder if he doesn't do something. So now I am in charge of getting the fat off. What is the best way to do this? I don't want to over do things with her. We have huge pastures to ride in and one of them has some very steep hills. Would trotting be better for her for awhile? I haven't ridden her hard enough to really make her sweat much the past few days, and today we just moved cattle to a new pasture, she did great. Should I be trying to really make her sweat? The other horse is perfect body weight, he looks to be tb cross and is really lean. She is a short, fat quarter horse.
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-05-2012, 07:57 PM
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Take it easy at first, otherwise Miss Tubby could have a heartattack or something. After you have been riding her for a few days, trot her up those steep hills, excellent conditioning work.
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yeah, I was afraid she would die on me. I have never seen a horse as fat as she is. Okay sounds good, hills it is
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Loooong slow conditioning....walking is best until you start to see some weight loss...trotting up a hill is very taxing, even with the best conditioned horse's....JMO, but I'd be walking her up small hills and moving cattle at a slow rate...it's GOOD that your not seeing sweat just yet, that mean's she's being over worked...time darl'n.. just time.
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post #5 of 6 Old 06-05-2012, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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okay, no sweat. I will probably just ride her around to check cattle every day and see how she improves in a month or so. I want her to be healthy, she is such a pretty girl, just fat. She is a really dark palomino and so stocky I'm wondering if she was halter bred. She has a huge butt and wide chest, can't wait to see her in shape
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Yay!! We went up a hole on the back cinch!!! She could stand to go up about 5 more holes, but it is improvement!!! Today all we did was work on moving her hip, shoulder and side passing. She wasn't so sure, but she caught on quickly.
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