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post #1 of 7 Old 08-18-2012, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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overweight horse at grass!

come summer my horse is overweight.. he's out 24/7, gets ridden every day (one day off a week), i bring him in for as long as possible during the day, and his feed is cut down to handful chaff + 1/4 pasture mix. is there anything else i could do? he has a big grass belly (had him checked for worms, no probs there) which is hard to get rid of.. i have pics of him if that helps?
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-18-2012, 03:26 PM
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If you can get a grazing muzzle on him for part of the day that will help as well.

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post #3 of 7 Old 08-18-2012, 03:41 PM
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i Have the SAME problem.. its like never ending fat until winter. lol.. and I cant put a grazing muzzle on mine because I dont see him everyday..:/

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post #4 of 7 Old 08-18-2012, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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i Have the SAME problem.. its like never ending fat until winter. lol.. and I cant put a grazing muzzle on mine because I dont see him everyday..:/
yes i know it's so annoying!! grazing muzzle might help as long as he doesn't manage to rip it off like with his fly mask haha
he does have a really swollen looking belly that i'm a bit worried about..
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Are you able to section off an area with little to no grass that he can spend most of his time in?
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post #6 of 7 Old 08-26-2012, 02:19 AM
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The belly is most likely (and i say this with almost up most certainty as i can without seeing the horse myself) the reason for the swelling belly is a grass belly, meaning they're eating too much grass, much like a beer belly men who drink a lot get.
Grazing muzzles work wonderfully, and are the most humane way to get them to cut back on eating. They can be left on the whole time they're on pasture, and whomever feeds the horse can easily remove and put back on the muzzle around feeding times. It's important to exercise them a lot just like people, exercise AND diet are key to losing the weight.

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post #7 of 7 Old 08-27-2012, 10:00 AM
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is he being fed AND allowed to graze? I'd be cutting out one or the other (and definetly no grain). Also even if you ride 5 days a week, and your only letting him walk leisurely, thats not enough work for him to lose anything. make him trot and canter a little, and work up a little sweat each ride.

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