Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: North Grafton, MA
• Horses: 0
If she is going to have a job at your home, and be worked on a regular basis more so than she was at her previous home, I would say keep her at what she is eating now. Let her settle in to the new routine and you may find that she loses weight through exercise alone. You can re-asses her every few weeks and go from there...
I ride a morgan/percheron cross, and he ballooned out to be OBESE on NO grain and 2 only flakes of grassy hay per day. His behavior also became very lethargic and he lost his willingness to work. We had him vetted and found him to have thyroid issues. He is now on daily thyroid meds, and 3 flakes of grassy hay per day. He loves to work and with extensive daily w/t/c ring work, trail riding, and harness work... he maintains his weight well. Truthfull all this horse needs is 3 flakes of hay per day, nothing else and daily excercise....and he looks great.
We live in MA and have ample grass turnout at our farm (that Cam can't routinely have due to his weight issue). We DO turn him out in the pasture once every few weeks, and when he gets grass turnout, he wears a grazing muzzle. He can still get grass but he has to work to get it up through the muzzle so he doesnt over-eat. The muzzle looks funny, but he doesnt mind it at all and it serves its purpose.