Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Oak Hills CA, High Desert
• Horses: 0
I can't help much, but I'm assuming she is not getting any other food, just the pasture. If she is getting something else, it needs to be changed or cut out.
For exercise, can you ride up and down some hills? It really conditions the horse well, uses lots of calories, and does wonders for their top line. Other than that, lots and lots of riding, especially if you can get out of an arena, and just ride. Trot, gallop, do cross country, that type of thing. Uses more energy than arena work. Of course that depends on what type of arena work... Jumping uses lots of energy, so does dressage if you really work it. Sometimes training can be stressful, and just like us people, some horses eat more when they are under stress. Hacking, or trail riding / cross country is sometimes less stressful for horses.
Not always, it definitely depends on the horse. But you might try it if you can.