How to Slim Down an Overweight Horse

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How to Slim Down an Overweight Horse

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    08-24-2013, 01:15 PM
How to Slim Down an Overweight Horse

Hey guys. So, the ranch that I've worked at is selling off a bunch of their horses, including the one that I ride regularity. I'm considering buying this horse, and just have a few questions.

Right now, he is obese. Unhealthily overweight. Other than that he is in fine health. Never had health or sickness issues.

What I'm wondering is, what's the best way to get him to slim down. Obviously with proper diet and exercise, but what kind of exercise and what kind/ how much food?
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    08-24-2013, 02:33 PM
You have to look at what he's getting and doing now.

What is his feeding like now? What is he getting, how much and how often?

How much is he being worked? How hard, how long, how often?

It's a huge difference if he's fat despite being worked a lot and hard versus fat from being underworked and overfed.
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    08-24-2013, 04:04 PM
Trotting is a great exercise. A good extended working trot. But like dancingArabian said it mainly depends on what he is being fed and worked now.
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    08-24-2013, 07:35 PM
Right now he is on free choice grass, and as far as exercise goes, he's being ridden once or twice a week at mostly a walk
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    08-26-2013, 06:32 PM
    08-26-2013, 06:35 PM
Ok first of all get him in a diet pen and feed in 2 flakes of hay in the morning and 2 at night and exercise him daily not just walking that's nothing like real work trot canter.
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    08-26-2013, 06:39 PM
Trot trot trot trot!
    08-26-2013, 07:08 PM
If your going to alter his diet, do it gradually, as to avoid colic, and like other people have said, trotting! Trot for 10 minutes then build it up slowly. If you can do some uphill and downhill work too, that's good for the leg muscles:-D

My cobs fat too
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    08-26-2013, 08:16 PM
Green Broke
As for the 2 flakes-that depends-What type of hay & how much a flake weighs! A California flake of alfalfa hay could weigh 10 pounds or so, and for a pony-that is too much! You say walking twice a week-fast walk, slow walk-1/2 an hour? 4 hours? What size rider? Lots of variables, here!
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    08-26-2013, 08:19 PM
I'd put him on dry lot with 2 feedings of grass hay per day (how much in each feeding will depend on him). In addition to that, ride the pee out of him LOL. Lots of hours in the saddle, lots of trotting and loping...anything to keep that heart rate up is going to burn calories off him.
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