How fast should weight be lost?
What's the "ok" amount of weight for a horse to lose, safely, over a week or so?
I'm caused to ask because as of this last week, I've started riding Lacey a whole bunch more and I cut out quite a bit of food from her diet because she was really horrifically overweight.
However, I'm a little worried that she might be losing weight too fast since I can already see the difference... For instance, last week I couldn't feel her ribs at all when I looked for them but now I can see them at different points while she moves... She is a VERY wide barreled mare so the ribs aren't even close to a sign that she's too thin, don't worry. Just, I wasn't expecting so be able to see a hint of rib again after just a week...
I'm going to measure her and calculate her weight tomorrow to get an idea of what she's lost but I'm going to bet that it was probably 10-20 pounds... That seems like quite a bit for such a short amount of time?
Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzan gelding
Hazel - 14 year old Angora goat
Atticus - 4 year old LaMancha/Alpine cross goat
Rest peacefully, Lacey.