Morbidly Obese Horse not losing weight!!
*posting for a friend*
My friend is looking for advice on what to do. Her arab/morgan mare (Amber) has always been over weight. She basically had no human interaction (or very little) before two years ago when she got her. She was just kept on pasture 24/7 with access to hay and grass. Since my friend bought her, she had been slowly increasing her work periods and amounts of exercise and is now to the point where Amber gets long and hard-er workouts, daily (with breaks occasionally). Although she is getting much more exercise (and is very in shape) she has not lost any weight. If anything, she's gained weight!!
The vet came out one day to check out another horse and saw Amber leaving the barn after a good ride. He asked if she was pregnant! There is no possibility that she is pregnant because we have no stallions on the property and none in the area. The vet suggested putting her on a diet but I was thinking it might be a more serious medical problem. It's not affecting her at all really but it's concerning us all because we don't want her to founder in the future or possibly create new medical issues. It's also getting quite difficult to find saddles to fit over her table back !!!
Any suggestions on a quicker weight loss plan/diet and possible feeding schedules? She boards her horse at a stable near her house so will be out there daily but will not be able to do any nightly feedings or w/e because she does not live on property.