06-17-2010, 09:49 PM
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If you have an overweight horse I would say cut off some grain or switch to a vitamin supplement type thing, but you can't just not give your horse any hay/grass - they need one or the other. With horses that are overweight due to insulin resistentance (or any other metabolic problem), you're supposed to have them in a dry lot and soak their hay.
With skinny horses, I say give them 24/7 hay and slowly add grain until you get them up to an everyday ration.
It totally depends on horses, freechoice hay makes a skinny horse get to a decent weight (usually, unless they are a hard keeper) and other horses maintain their weight, I don't think it makes horses overweight. I think grain plays more of a role in that.