Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
'Pregnant' geldings and stallions
I have nothing against horses being fat. Nothing at all. I'd rather horses be a little too fat than too thin...
But when I see male horses so fat that they look pregnant, tat's when it begins to bother me.
My cousin Tamara owns a 24-ish Arabian gelding named Mo. My family used to own him, and I rode him a lot before we gave him to my cousin. When we gave him to her, he was trim, fit, and in good riding shape. She rode him... I think once or twice before retiring him, which didn't bother me, as he was old when we gave him to her and she wanted a horse to play with, not ride... plus, his aritheritis was getting pretty bad.
I have no problem with the way she treats him. He's treated like a king. But I do have problems with his weight. Mo has never been a very fat horse... but since we gave him to her, she began feeding him more than he's ever been fed and the grass he lives on is very rich. He blew up and literally looks about nine or ten months pregnant. When he walks, his stomach wobbles from one side to the other. He also has a pretty large crest, but he's always had it, even when he was rode daily and was kept really fit. I don't know his medical history, so I don't know if he's foundered or anything before...
I really want to talk to my cousin about cutting off his feed and possibly getting him a grazing muzzle, but my cousin refuses because ''it's cruel". I'm worried about Mo, because he does have hoof problems every now and then and my cousin is fairly ignorant about horse-care. She tries her best to learn, but due to a mental problem that keeps her stuck with a 12 year old girls mindset, it's hard for her. I don't want to say anything mean or anything to her, and I can't go to her parents because they're so profective over my cousin that they may take anything negative or helpful I say and twist it all around.
And on the subject of 'pregnant' male horses... my three year old horses sire and half-brother are both stallions and they both look like they're about to pop with twins!!!
I guess this is just a rant... Sorry...
Horseshoe Loop Farm: Home of Gypsie (22 y/o TWH mare), Dakota (10 y/o TWH gelding), Codie (18 y/o Walkaloosa gelding) & Harlow (9 y/o APHA mare)