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    08-26-2013, 08:26 PM
  #11
Weanling
I've just slimmed down my laminitic horse with the help of my vet and read up on this a lot in the process.

As others have said, ration his hay. Do not starve the horse, as it can lead to metabolic issues. 2% - 2.5% of the bodyweight in hay per day is a rough place to start. The weight tape is your friend, measure him every week or two. Make sure he has a vit/mineral supplement and unlimited clean water. If you can, more portions distributed over the day are better, or a slow feeder net so he doesn't hog out and then has nothing to do for the rest of the day.
Some horses, especially those who are used to being pastured 24/7 can have a hard time adapting to the new routine, so an hr of grazing in the morning and one at night could give them something to do. Just reduce the hay accordingly.
As for exercise - "work the snot out of him" might not be the best strategy. Not only are you going to make him sore at first, but it might also make him sour, and we all prefer a happy horse who enjoys working. I'd build him up slowly, trot, uphills, cavaletti, that kind of stuff. I'd work him to a light sweat and then stop and do something fun to cool and dry off (e.g. Go for a hand walk). That might be 10min of trot initially, or it might be half an hr, let your horse tell you that. Don't work him till he's dripping wet or huffing and puffing. The intervals till he starts sweating should become longer and longer. Regular shorter work helps more than two giant sessions a week.

Also, despite the fact that he's never been sick, I'd get a PPE done. There might already be an underlying issue like low-grade chronic laminitis or something metabolic (Cushings? Insulin resistance?)
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    08-26-2013, 08:31 PM
  #12
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Its called dry lot time and ride the snot out of him 6 days a week. When we ride our horses come back dpipping wet with sweat. If they come home dry then they didnt work hard enough.

Lots of wet saddle blankets and lots of trotting and cantering.....and less feed to eat.
     
    08-31-2013, 10:42 AM
  #13
Weanling
Yeah, I agree with you Regula, im definitely not going to work the snot out of him. I was thinking of trotting trail rides mostly. That way we're going up and down hills, as well as hopping over small logs.

For food, the place im going to be keeping him has two options. Theyre in personal pens, so your horse can either be turned out during the day for grass, or given hay. I'm kinda leaning towards keeping him in, he really doesnt need to be grazing all day.

How much hay should he get, does 2 flakes in the morning, and 3 at night sound reasonable, or is that not enough?
     
    08-31-2013, 02:25 PM
  #14
Foal
I am going through this with one of my horses. It seems every August I have to watch how much grazing he gets. He has a slow metabolism so he can breath air and gain weight. I have put him in what I call the Jenny Craig paddock where there is just snippets of grass. Just enough to keep him happy and busy. He also has the choice of going in and out of the barn which depending on the bugs and the heat sometimes is about 14 hours a day. I make sure he always has hay and hay bags are good for slowing them down and cutting down on waste. Sometimes I put a flake on the ground and a flake in the bag.

The amount of flakes depends on the size and weight of them. You don't want him becoming frustrated and hungry so I would test it out. If you find he is eating it too quickly then investing in a slow feeder hay bag will help. It is a kind of play around approach because each horse is different. It may even be a good idea to talk to a nutritionist. I work with one and she has my horses on beet pulp with NO molasses mixed with timothy hay cubes and soaked well before feeding.

I agree with Regula and you. I would start out slowly exercising him, good long walks outside if possible and working up to more intensive work like trotting and cantering. Walking does them a lot of good as well just like people, he is moving. Heavy workload can be hard on an overweight horse.
     
    09-03-2013, 09:08 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by Hailey1203    
Yeah, I agree with you Regula, im definitely not going to work the snot out of him. I was thinking of trotting trail rides mostly. That way we're going up and down hills, as well as hopping over small logs.

For food, the place im going to be keeping him has two options. Theyre in personal pens, so your horse can either be turned out during the day for grass, or given hay. I'm kinda leaning towards keeping him in, he really doesnt need to be grazing all day.

How much hay should he get, does 2 flakes in the morning, and 3 at night sound reasonable, or is that not enough?
Depends on how rich the hay is, how much a flake weighs and on the horse's weight. I'd start at ~2.5% of his current weight, and then weight tape him in two weeks to see where you're going and adjust accordingly. If you can, a slow feeder net helps keeping him busy.
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    09-05-2013, 12:17 AM
  #16
Trained
Weigh and record everything so you know how much of what you are feeding to begin with, and continue through out the effort. Back it off gradually until you are at a healthy caloric intake, but one that will allow weight loss at a reasonable rate. It will come off, there is no point in rushing it. This is assuming he is exercised and his activity remains somewhat constant, you can just really up their exercise and "boom" drop their intake.
     

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