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post #11 of 19 Old 10-22-2010, 11:56 AM
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I agree, free choice hay in the winter and no stall time. Blanket her if she doesn't grow enough coat, but leave her nekked if she's nice and furry.

She is still chubby, but not bad. I would ride her more to help build topline and bring her belly up. If you're not riding her, lunge her with side reins at the walk and trot, with just a few laps of canter each way. I'd rather have my horses be a bit chubby going in to winter than thin. I think she'll be just fine.
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post #12 of 19 Old 10-22-2010, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thank-you everyone for your advice!! I really appreciate it! I will check out the body scoring system for sure. I ride her as much as I can but I will try to more. For winter she will be getting a grass hay with a pound of RB. Anything like sweet feed or oats would be an occasional treat not a feed. I have a slowfeeder for the hay so that works great.

I do have a blanket so I can put that on her if she needs it. We do get bitter weather here so I don't mind her being a little chubby as long as she won't have health problems from it. I guess being a QH she is more stocky anyways.

Thanks again so much!
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post #13 of 19 Old 10-22-2010, 11:42 PM
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I agree with everyone else. She is still a bit pudgy, but I like them that way going into winter.

Actually, I think my horses are fatter coming out of winter than at any other time, because I feed more to compensate for the cold weather.
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post #14 of 19 Old 10-23-2010, 05:35 PM
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A little off topic, but what type of slow feeder do you have? I'm looking for one...
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post #15 of 19 Old 10-23-2010, 05:47 PM
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She does look a lot better. The crest on her neck is mostly gone and it appears the fat deposits beside her tail are a lot smaller too. She's still pretty fat but she's better now than she was. I don't have a lot of room to talk though, all mine are fat LOL.

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post #16 of 19 Old 10-23-2010, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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I just use hockey netting from Canadian Tire and close up the sides leaving an opening at the top to put the hay in. Here is a link for them - Hockey Hay Nets - Paddock Paradise Wiki

They work absolutely wonderful and Berdi really likes it! She thinks its kind of a challenge to get the hay and it sure slows her down a lot. It keeps her satisfied longer too which is good.

I won't worry too much about her for winter then - I'll work on getting her weight down even more in the spring.
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post #17 of 19 Old 10-24-2010, 10:56 AM
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Yes she is overweight but I personally don't restrict a horse's forage in the winter...

What is her total diet??

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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post #18 of 19 Old 10-24-2010, 01:34 PM Thread Starter
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This summer she has just been on pasture and a salt block. This winter she will have grass hay, a pound of RB a day and her salt block. In the daytime she can dig for her food as there is tons under the snow. That is why I will give the RB to balance out her nutrition.
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post #19 of 19 Old 10-24-2010, 02:59 PM
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sounds great!!! LOL I would leave her on the RB year round it helps their body function better

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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