Does anyone have information on how to help a severely overwieght horse lose weight in a safe manner? Any stories?
The lovely horse that I am considering buying (she's under my care so I'm in charge of her food and such) is quite overwieght. Over the last 3 weeks her weight has slowly been coming down, she still has quite a bit more to lose but she's on the right track.
She's been getting 2 largeish flakes of soaked (her pasture buddy is recovering from laminitis and according to their owner, soaking the hay helps) grass hay per day, morning and evening. I've been lunging her, walk and trot, atleast twice a day for 20ish minutes (basically until she starts breathing really hard) and we've been ridng her atleast once a day at a walk. We also have her on a dry lot.
Any ideas about this? Is this the right sort of program to help her lose the wieght?
Will I most likely have to watch her for obesity for the rest of her life or do Arabians keep themselves a healthy wieght most of the time?