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post #1 of 6 Old 11-01-2013, 08:53 AM Thread Starter
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Helping the Fat Horse

I just wanted to share this IMO excellent source of advice in fighting obesity in horses! :) -
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-01-2013, 09:38 AM
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Its a really useful publication - worth keeping on file
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post #3 of 6 Old 11-01-2013, 09:58 AM
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Thanks. I'm going to bookmark this.
Mona is definitely fat and Willow is borderline. I've been trying to cut back on feed, but since they are in with the rest of the horses, it's hard to control what they eat.
I'll be moving them next month into a separate pen so this will come in handy.

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post #4 of 6 Old 11-01-2013, 10:14 AM
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I downloaded this leaflet earlier in the year. Owing to my ongoing crappy health issues, I had been unable to exercise my cob. Ever the "good doer", he gained a few too many pounds in no time at all.

I worked out what the Blue Cross recommend I feed him, based on his height, breeding, etc and how much weight he needed to lose. According to the leaflet, I was currently underfeeding him by a third!

If I had followed their advice, I dread to think what he would look like today .

I do agree it does provide a useful guideline and was an interesting read. However, as with most tools, use with a little common sense.
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post #5 of 6 Old 11-01-2013, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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Ditto that, but I hope we're all here sentient enough to realize that each horse is an individual and thus needs a unique diet. :)

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post #6 of 6 Old 11-01-2013, 02:00 PM
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Blue Cross rescue centres are testament to the fact that not all horse owners are "sentient" when it comes to providing a suitable diet for their individual horse.

Even here on HF, occasionally a member will post a picture of their horse, blissfully unaware that they are about to be slated for it being too thin or too fat (the latter happened earlier this week).

I would like to think that anyone who actively seeks this leaflet out has already acknowledged there is an issue and will be, as you say, sentient enough to decide whether or not the regime is suitable for their horse. This was just my personal experience as someone who attempted to make use of it. Others may find it extremely helpful.

I applaud the charity for shining a light on equine obesity.
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