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post #1 of 6 Old 09-08-2012, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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Weight loss for the pasture horse

My young qh mare gets fed grain morning and night, she has access to unlimited hay full time, and grass but the grass isn't too lush and rich.

She has a bit of a belly. She's USUALLY ridden 4x week (occasionally give or take a day) and we are gradually increasing fitness. BO said that we should muzzle her to get off the belly. Not sure if I should cut back on grain, muzzle her, etc. She's never been muzzled before (she's kept "naked" outside usually, sometimes blanketed in the winter but never even haltered).

I don't need her to lose a TON of weight but we need to cut back on that little belly. What would you recommend doing? thanks :)

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post #2 of 6 Old 09-08-2012, 06:02 PM
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My first step would be to cut out the grain. You may see the needed loss just with that step. If not, restricting grazing (muzzle)/cutting back the hay would be my next step.
What "grain" are you feeding? How much, in weight - not "scoops, coffee cans, etc" - of the grain is she given in each feeding? What is the type of hay that she is fed and is it a round bale or being fed out/off of small squares?
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Why is she being fed grain if she doesn't need the extra energy? Agree with Mac that that's the first change I'd make. Generally grass/hay & an appropriate nutritional supp is all most healthy horses require. If cutting the grain isn't enough, putting the hay into a doubled net or other form of 'slow feeder' so she can't gorge on it would also be helpful. Yes, a muzzle is also a good idea if grazing is the issue, but doesn't work too well with hay I've found.
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I talked to my barn folks again about this... thanks to you all for your advice

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I would cut out the grain first;)
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post #6 of 6 Old 09-10-2012, 09:06 PM
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I talked to my barn folks again about this... thanks to you all for your advice
And the decision made was what? How did it go? I agree with the previous posters.
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