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post #1 of 7 Old 11-02-2012, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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Getting Rid of a Grass belly

My APHA paint has a grass belly and I have a barrel run in 3 weeks and I want him in tip-top shape.. I don't have much riding time with school. And my horse doesn't stay at my house. Should I put him in a field with less grass and put some hay in the field and water? And let that work the belly off or what should I do but be safe about it and him not loose A LOT of weight I just want the grass belly gone.
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-02-2012, 12:51 PM
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Assuming your horse doesn't have worms and is just overweight. Switching to hay won't necessarily get him to lose weight. Actually, it can cause a hay belly because they eat more to get enough nutrients.

Three weeks is not enough time to get a horse into shape, especially without working the horse. You can't lessen the feed to get a horse in shape. Working them is what gets them in shape or conditioned.
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Agreed, it takes months to get a horse into good shape. There's not much that you can do with only 3 weeks to go.

For the future, you may want to revise his deworming schedule and diet to avoid the grass belly- there are plenty of people here who can give you good advice. We'd just need to know a little more about your horse- age, activity level, current diet, etc.
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post #4 of 7 Old 11-03-2012, 06:39 PM
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Is a grass belly or a hay belly.......if its hay it could because you need to feeding a higher protein hay.

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post #5 of 7 Old 11-04-2012, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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He is 11. He's very active. I don't get to ride him but once a week for 30 minutes to an hour. And I'm worming him again Monday because that's when he is due for another wormer. And it's a grass belly because he is always in the field.
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post #6 of 7 Old 11-04-2012, 02:20 PM
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Ok, I am going to sub. I would like to find out more about this hay and grass belly and how not to get it.

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post #7 of 7 Old 11-04-2012, 03:44 PM
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I guess the real question is whether or not your horse is overweight, or is at a good weight with a bloated belly? If it's just his belly, I'd be concerned about worms and worm resistance to the drug(s) you've been using. In that case, taking a sample into your vet's office and getting a fecal egg count done (to determine what kinds of worms the horse has) before your next deworming would be the best course of action.

If he's just overweight in general, then putting him in a dry lot with only the amount of hay he needs for at least part of the day is probably a good idea, as being overweight has a lot of health risks (laminitis, IR, etc.)
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