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post #1 of 4 Old 06-25-2012, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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"Hay Belly", Causes and Cures?

I got to thinking about this one the other day. I know some one with an arab that has a large hay belly. He could do with alot more muscle, has virtually no top line and very little muscle in the hips or neck. I'm very familiar with arabs and this guy definately needs some work. He has been ridden sporatically throughout the winter, but with in the last week has been put on a steady riding schedule. Grass 24/7 turn out, with a little bit of senior feed. I know there are a few different causes for a horse with a big belly.

1. Worms. She claims the horse was wormed recently(just before purchase) by the old owner, but didnt see them do it. Its possible he may need to be wormed again

2. Diet. What causes a hay belly? Too little protein? Too much?
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post #2 of 4 Old 06-25-2012, 11:13 AM
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A breeder of show quality mini's said it was a lack of protein as mini's are inclined to get pot bellies. Hers have no bellies.
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What kind of wormer did they use? Some worms are develooing resistance to some drugs.

What is the quality of forage she's eating, and does she get a vutamin/mineral supplement?
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post #4 of 4 Old 06-26-2012, 02:19 AM
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This is what I know

Pure exercise. Same thing as when we get a 'pot belly' ourselves. To burn fat, you need to exercise. To build muscle, you need to exercise.

I would suggest that she gets her horse's stool analyzed (it's like $20 at most) and then to get a grazing muzzle for her horse if he's beginning to get obese. Some horses metabolize things quickly, other take a little longer.

For Sky he got his very first pot belly EVER when he was getting too much grain, as in too much protein and fat content versus not enough exercise. So cut him back a little and worked him a little more and he got rid of it.

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