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    06-20-2011, 05:06 AM
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Or if worse comes to worse, I'll make her go jogging with me in the morning. How funny would THAT be? I wonder if she would do it ...? I will keep you all updated on the progress! Hay only!
Well I've been known to go for jogs with gemma on the lead it's pretty cool really, apart from the fact that the pony is fitter than I am... I can't run for long because of my scoliosis

And just for proof of how extreme Gemma's case was... This is her the day we got her, and now.
She was not pregnant either, and only 3 years old.
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This is her all clipped out in december/January just been
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    06-20-2011, 08:33 AM
  #12
Weanling
Easy/hard keeper together

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Originally Posted by HollyBubbles    
Well I've been known to go for jogs with gemma on the lead it's pretty cool really, apart from the fact that the pony is fitter than I am... I can't run for long because of my scoliosis

And just for proof of how extreme Gemma's case was... This is her the day we got her, and now.
She was not pregnant either, and only 3 years old.
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This is her all clipped out in december/January just been
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HOLY Buckets! That's amazing what you did for her! Great job! She looks fantastic.

I can only jog 2-3 miles because of my knees, but hopefully that will be enough for Dixie to get some good exercise. A bit of the route is along the road, and where I live in the US, well, let's just say people that pass me on the street will be totally shocked to see someone jogging with a pony!
     
    06-20-2011, 11:55 AM
  #13
Weanling
A Helpful Article about Grazing Muzzles

I found this article for other pony owners that have ponies that tend to get chubby. It's about grazing muzzles.

Effectiveness of grazing muzzles confirmed in research | Horsetalk.co.nz - International horse news

You can reduce the amount your pony grazes by 80% if you use one (properly fitting, of course). Thankfully, my pony is easy going and just accepts it when she needs short pasture time to hang out with her buddy.

Also, I jogged 2 miles with Dixie this morning on her lead. I thought she would hate it and freak out, but she actually enjoyed it! A good way to get us both exercise before I have to go run off to every other activity with my kids! She had a good trot going and a light sweat when we got back. Now that I know she'll do it I will keep it up!
     
    06-20-2011, 11:08 PM
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That's good I thought Gemma would hate it too but she loves getting out and about, and on our way we actually end up excersizing every single one of the neighbours horses too. Gemma gets very vocal when she gets taken out and all the other horses run up and down the fence line, so that something like 10 other horses getting excersized
     
    06-21-2011, 10:21 AM
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Grazing muzzle at all times even on dry lot to slow down the amount you gets to eat.

I would not put her at an 8 on the BCS she isn't near as big as I thought she was going to be

You might look into either getting some MagOx or some remission

Get rid of all extra calories and honestly I would soak her hay to help remove the sugars I wouldn't worry about supplementing her much if anything. Might try look into Smartpaks SmartVits
     
    06-22-2011, 12:27 AM
  #16
Weanling
I went to find a multi vitamin for her and my feed store locally only had Equipride. It's like a top dressing, but she said it was great. She also said she'd buy the bag back from me if Dixie wouldn't eat it straight. Have any of you ever used Equipride a suppliment? It smells weird. I don't know if she'll eat it, although she's acting like she's STARVING, so I think she'd eat anything I put in her bin. I tried soaking her hay, and she wouldn't eat it. I guess she doesn't like wet hay! I gave it to Bucky, and he ate it, but he's the one that could use the extra 'umph'. Anyway, let me know what you all think of Equipride as a suppliment for her. She is only getting 10# of hay a day and a little bit of grazing with the muzzle. I'm trying hard to just give a flake here and there, and not all at once, so she feels like she's eating. I have to police my 5 year old daughter hard core because she'll sneak Dixie treats and Dixie, who normally is pretty indifferent to my 5 year old, runs to her like she's handing out crack. My girl thinks it's funny, but I've now locked up the horse treats. My little girl, the sabatouer.

Anyhow, let me know what you think of just giving her some Equipride to keep her supplimented without extra calories.
     
    06-22-2011, 03:02 AM
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Well now you've found a good way for your hard keeper to get hay and not Dixie so there's an upside
     

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