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post #1 of 5 Old 08-13-2013, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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REALLLLY fat horse?:/....

My neighbor has a mare.. Blue Valentine bred. That is.. I guess you could say a easy easy keeper.. She is just on grass.. like prarie grass. dry and dead looking.. and shes waaayyy over weight.. she is about 7 years old... been ridden once since I lived here.. ( i know this because I was there, and the neighbor is like 76 and cant ride.. my other neighbor was riding her.. ) and it was for like 15 minutes because she wouldn't listen.. and that was about 3 years ago.. maybe..

She is so over weight that she has a cresty neck( I think thats what you would call it) and has no withers that are noticable.. ( you can see fat on her back) and its just bad.. ( IMO) The guy that lives there works all week and is only home on the weekend.. and hes wifes son feeds at night..

He said I could work with her if I wanted. which I am going to take up working with her soon..

I was wondering.. what are some good exercises for FAT horses? can I work them like normal horses?

what else should I do to help her get down to healthy weight? I can't really take her off pasture either:/ but I know thats all she is getting..

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post #2 of 5 Old 08-13-2013, 05:26 PM
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Any exercise is better than none for a fat horse. You will have to work her up to long or hard rides though, since it sounds like she is very out of shape. I would probably start with lunging if I were you.
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I see the same thing with many horses where I board- on pastures with what looks like nonexistent grass and many of them are healthy or overweight. You could ask the owner if you could get the mare a grazing muzzle to control how much forage intake she is getting.

As for the exercise, not only do you have to start out slow in terms of what you ask of her, she probably can't do more than 20-30 mins of work either. Take it in week increments. Hand walk or lunge for 15 mins, trot for 2-3, walk for 15. Next week up it to 2 or three trot segments per workout, the week after trot for 5-6 minutes and make the sessions 45 minutes long and so on..

this isn't some official workout program for overweight horses just something I came up with off the top of my head. Watch her reaction to this and tailor it to her or come up with your own. The key is to be gradual about it as it doesn't sound like she can do much physically right now. Good luck!
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-15-2013, 10:12 AM
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My horse was super fat when I got him, and he has EMS. I started with walking...lots of it. Then we moved to lunging, at a walk. Then trot. Then canter. Then hill work, then riding...when I started riding, we started it all over, walk, then trot, then canter.
He eventually lost 248lbs. :) He's looking great now.

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1. Do you suppose you could talk anyone into putting a grazing muzzle on her thru the day and BE SURE to take it off every night? Muzzles are not meant to be on 24/7.

2. Ditto the exercise but start out lightly. If you don't have hills to work her.

Make her flat work riding a timed event. For example, if you have a long lane or road that is fairly traffic safe.

Start out by riding out approx. one mile. Speed her up for a short time when you turn to bring her back home -- don't want to have her in the habit of wanting to hurry back to the barn, so make her dog walk a good distance before you get to the barn.

Increase her trotting time little by little but keep your distance the same. This is the best thing to increase heart/lung power if you don't have hills. Eventually one mile won't be enough so you could add another mile and build up slowly to the two miles (which would be four miles round trip).

My road is 1.8 miles the bottom - making that a timed event with gradual increase in the amount of time the horse was not walking, did more than anything to get condition them.

That being said I have Tennessee Walkers and that running walk is a whole bunch easier to take than a trot for an extended period of time:)

Good luck with her:)
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