Weight loss - The Horse Forum

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 04-05-2013, 07:35 AM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 27
• Horses: 0
Weight loss

Okay, so my mare is fat. Not just a bit weighty, but FAT. Sometimes I wonder if there is any way she could actually be pregnant, her belly is that big.
I work at the local feed/tack shop and have spoken to my boos, who told me to "work her more and feed her less".
I work her every chance I get, keeping in mind that she's only just being bought into work after being broken in as a 6 year old and then thrown into a paddock for two years before I got her (October last year).
As far as feeding her less goes, we don't have any way to stop her from bullying the other horse out of his dinner once she's finished hers.
It's coming into winter here in Australia and I suppose she'll lose a bit of weight during the winter time, but I am also working on building muscle. We do a lot of trotting to try and build up her big quarter horse bum, but somehow this is having almost no effect.
I am currently feeding her lucern hay twice a day, except two days a week one hay feed is replaced with Mitavite Xtra cool mixed with chaff.
Is there ANYTHING else I could be doing? Please help me!
I took this picture of her tonight.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 073.jpg (64.1 KB, 38 views)
RunningFree96 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 5 Old 04-05-2013, 08:08 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 5,067
• Horses: 0
What do you mean by there is nothing you can do to prevent her from stealing the others dinner? Hay or grain?

I'd say that's your biggest problem right there. If she is eating 2, 4, or 6 times the ammount of course she will be fat, especially if she is typically and easy keeper.
Posted via Mobile Device
SlideStop is online now  
post #3 of 5 Old 04-05-2013, 08:08 AM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Middle Tennessee
Posts: 4,774
• Horses: 0
Ahhh, she is on the portly side, very pretty but portly

Quote:
Originally Posted by RunningFree96 View Post
Okay, so my mare is fat. Not just a bit weighty, but FAT. Sometimes I wonder if there is any way she could actually be pregnant, her belly is that big.That would depend on whether there were any stallions around - even if it was "impossible" for them to get near her

I work at the local feed/tack shop and have spoken to my boos, who told me to "work her more and feed her less".
I work her every chance I get, keeping in mind that she's only just being bought into work after being broken in as a 6 year old and then thrown into a paddock for two years before I got her (October last year).
As far as feeding her less goes, we don't have any way to stop her from bullying the other horse out of his dinner once she's finished hers.If this means feed pan stuff, somebody is going to HAVE to stand guard until the gelding finishes eating.

If this means hay, my thought would be to buy several slow feed hay nets and tie them around the paddock so both horses have a chance to "graze/move" around and it will stop her from not letting the gelding eat. She can't get to every hay net at once without forcing herself into not eating. <---hope that made sense.

I'm as equally worried about the gelding losing too much weight as I am about her weighing too much; 20 years ago I rescued a horse out of the exact same situation; big fat dominant Appy mare would not let the young and little Arab gelding eat. He was so down when I bought him, it took a year to get into normal condition; he celebrated his 27th B-day on April 1st

It's coming into winter here in Australia and I suppose she'll lose a bit of weight during the winter time, but I am also working on building muscle. We do a lot of trotting to try and build up her big quarter horse bum, but somehow this is having almost no effect.
I am currently feeding her lucern hay twice a day, except two days a week one hay feed is replaced with Mitavite Xtra cool mixed with chaff.

I am in the U.S. And not familiar with the starch values of Luceren or chaff, so hopefully someone from you side of the world will come in and comment as to whether those are types of forage a horse prone to weight gain should be eating.

Again, my best thought is buy up several slow feeder hay nets and safely tie them around the paddock. Everyone gets to it but the down side is, when the gelding is full and wants to nap, my guess is your mare will still be eating until every morsel is gone.

Isn't there anyway they can be separated? Unless he's also an air fern, he needs more she needs 1.5% to 2% of her DESIRED body weight.
Is there ANYTHING else I could be doing? Please help me!
I took this picture of her tonight.
---

A Good Horseman Doesn't Have To Tell Anyone; The Horse Already Knows.
walkinthewalk is offline  
post #4 of 5 Old 04-05-2013, 09:08 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 5,067
• Horses: 0
Sorry op, didnt see you only had one other. Like walkinthewalk said, spread out the piles. Makes sure there is always one more pile then the number of horses you have. If she is a hay Hoover I'd look into getting her a grazing muzzle, not the one with the one small holes, the one that looks like a cage. Not sure how else to describe it. Hah. That or tie her to the fence and use a hay net to make sure she gets only her portion.
Posted via Mobile Device
SlideStop is online now  
post #5 of 5 Old 04-05-2013, 08:55 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 117
• Horses: 0
You should cut down to the minimum amount of feed that would keep her maintaining a healthy weight and coat.

My girl was overweight, and now she is on a special diet called Purina Well Solve Low Starch. It has helped immensely!

She is on full turnout, which helps keep her active. She is also worked a few days each week. This is also keeping in mind that the grass is not very luscious right now, but she does have full hay access.

Could you maybe separate her from the other horses for feeding, at least once a way? I would recommend consistency, but if you think she is eating a huge amount from the other horses' meals, you may want to use a safe method to separate them.

God bless :) Good luck!
hellothere is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
weight loss...who else? Sevastion27 Plus Sized Riders 16 03-11-2013 01:32 PM
Weight loss, loss of appetite in old horse EasterBunny Horse Health 29 07-26-2012 10:52 PM
Depression/sluggishness, weight loss, muscle loss barrelracerchick Horse Health 39 06-16-2011 02:02 AM
weight loss starrysgirl Horse Health 2 05-05-2011 10:50 AM
weight loss Gods Creatures Horse Health 4 11-24-2009 02:29 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome