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    11-15-2012, 11:45 AM
Should I cut back on his feed? Is he too fat?

I was looking at my six year old gelding the yesterday and his weight is slightly concerning me. Is he too fat? Should I cut back on his feed some?

He's only getting one-half a pound of Standlee Alfalfa Pellets, soaked. Nothing else 'grain-wise'. He does have access to free-choice cattle hay that my uncle bought for the cows that are in the pasture with my horses (the horses are eating out the inside of the hay, where it's good), and I'm also feeding my horses Coastal Bermuda hay (40 pound squarebales)... Dakota gets three-to-four flakes right now because harsh winter hasn't hit yet.

He has been wormed recently.
He is 15-3 hands tall.

(sorry for the dirty-ness, he hasn't been groomed in about a week and a half and his winter coat is a bit... filthy...)

For reference, here is a picture of my mare and my younger gelding, who are both on much more feed (Dumor Equistages along with Standlee Alfalfa Pellets and Cool Calories and VitaFlex) than Dakota is and they are on fat supplements and my mare is on a joint supplement:

My eighteen year old mare Gypsie: vvv

My four year old gelding Jaxxon: vvv
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    11-15-2012, 11:59 AM
Green Broke
Needs weight off and he needs work.. umm.. as do the other horses in these photos.

(see what happens when you ask! LOL).
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    11-15-2012, 12:01 PM
All of your horses are fat, Britt. Time to cut 'em back on food and up their work.
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    11-15-2012, 12:07 PM
My mare and younger gelding are too fat? O.o I have been trying to bump my mare's weight up before the colder weather hits, because she loses weight in the winter... and my younger gelding is a bit of a hard keeper, which is why he's on the weight supplement... but yall don't think I need my older mare and younger gelding on the weight supplement?

None of my horses are getting worked right now. The most I'm doing with them is maybe a ten minute ride just for 'leisture' at a walk/trot (maybe once a week)... or ground-work (on the weekends, usually just working on disengaging the hindquarters, respect, etc... for about half an hour...)... I just don't have the time to ride a long, working-ride right now...

Maybe instead of groundwork every weekend, I could start lunging them a bit...?
    11-15-2012, 12:10 PM
I wouldn't worry about their weight going into winter. If they don't come out thinner in spring, I'd up everyone's work load and put some condition on 'em, that should take care of the weight issues.
    11-15-2012, 12:10 PM
I had noticed, too, that since switching their feed their weight has come up... but I didn't think it was so much... well, my mare and younger gelding I didn't think their weight had come up so much... I hadn't noticed my older gelding had gained so much until I snapped these pictures yesterday...

I guess pictures sometimes show you what is hard to see/admit in person...
    11-15-2012, 12:10 PM
I would say their all too fat need some working that's for sure. All three of mine score out at a 4.5 on the body scores. I figure a little thin is better then too fat I like to just see ribs. I have alot of people comment that my horses are to skinny I tell them no their at a healthy weaight. I would be cutting back on all feed if those were my horses. Hay would be in small hole hay nets to slow them down. The two don't need a colorie based feed supplament either.
    11-15-2012, 12:11 PM
All three are a little on the rotund side, but I think your mare should be fine, considering she's older. As far as the younger gelding and the bay go.....cut back on feed. If it gets FREEZING bump up hay not grain.
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    11-15-2012, 12:13 PM
Yes, come spring, I will be riding more, as my college schedule won't be as crazy and my work schedule should be easier to work with.

My older gelding stays fat year-round... I joke and say that he has muscle and is fit under all the fat, because even when he's out of shape, he's in better shape than a lot of horses around here and can keep up with and out-ride them... Lol.
    11-15-2012, 12:13 PM
Mine are all fat too, but I've cut them waaayyyy back on their feed except for Mack, who needs more in the winter because he's old.

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