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post #1 of 6 Old 09-29-2013, 11:40 PM Thread Starter
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Overweight Mare

My 9 year old Arabian mare is very overweight. I bought a grazing muzzle to help me get her weight under control. Has anyone else used a grazing muzzle before? It's either that or keep her locked in her stall and I know she won't like that.
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Yep, grazing muzzles are great, when they work. You shouldn't leave them on 24/7 though & beware of rubbing - a bit of sheepskin around the top tends to take care of that.
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Also sand paddocks with a lot of low calorie hay in different slow feed haynets would help. She can still "graze" all the time, but slower and does not gobble hay or grass down in big bites, as well as does not get as many calories.
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^ if you do a sand or other 'dry' lot though, make sure you give your horse some sort of gut-clearing agent (pure psyllium works, so does name brand Sand Clear but it can cost more) to keep her from getting an impaction and colic from ingesting sand, and don't feed anything on the ground.

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^ if you do a sand or other 'dry' lot though, make sure you give your horse some sort of gut-clearing agent (pure psyllium works, so does name brand Sand Clear but it can cost more) to keep her from getting an impaction and colic from ingesting sand, and don't feed anything on the ground.
Always hay and flaxseed will take care of the sand too
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One of the drawbacks of having more than one horse in the same pasture. She won't be too happy about spending a few more hours in her stall. I'll have to get her a hay net.
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