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post #11 of 85 Old 02-06-2014, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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Depends on how underweight she is.
Picture? I'm assuming she's healthy otherwise.
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Here is a picture of my horse to show her weight
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I wouldn't lunge her at all - and 30 minutes even just walking and trotting is too much strain on an unfit horses joints and muscles especially if she seemed worn out by it.
All you're doing is working off any weight you're getting back on her
Try to have her turned out as much as possible and if there's no grass then she should have access to good hay all the time
Sugar beet is good as long as it doesn't have added molasses but avoid any complete feeds that are high in sugar or starch - they're just going to hype her up. Look for feeds that are low starch/sugar and high in fats
When you do start working her the lunging should begin at only 10 minutes at the walk and build up slowly from there and do it every day to a maximum of 20 to 30 minutes when she's fit. The plan shouldn't be to wear her out but to teach her discipline and self control
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She's starting to get quite a bit of energy!! I have her on nutrena pro force fuel twice a day and soaked beet pulp twice a day.

Is it okay to lounge her alittle everyday to avoid her being really hot when she's back up to weight to ride or is it best to just let her sit in the pasture till she's up to weight? Never had an under weight horse.
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I did light lunging today just walk and trot for about 30 minutes and she seemed pretty worn out pretty fast so I don't want to over do it how many times a week should I do it and for how long?
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These two statements contradict each other. If she's exhausted after a half hour I wouldn't lunge her. DO NOT RIDE her in her current condition. I take it she's cribs?

I would look for a different feed (I've had good luck with strategy, but I know others will have other suggestions as well), but the nutrena fuel is for horses in work and I don't think it is going to do much for her weight wise.


Is she on 24/7 turnout or stalled part of the time?
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I would drill ground manners and proper leading and tying, and then give her as much turnout as possible to keep her limber.

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These two statements contradict each other. If she's exhausted after a half hour I wouldn't lunge her. DO NOT RIDE her in her current condition. I take it she's cribs?

I would look for a different feed (I've had good luck with strategy, but I know others will have other suggestions as well), but the nutrena fuel is for horses in work and I don't think it is going to do much for her weight wise.


Is she on 24/7 turnout or stalled part of the time?
She she is a cribber but not bad and she is pretty hot right now. And nutrena pro force fuel had a nice fat percentage in it at 13% so that's why I went with it I am not riding her simply lounging her just once to prevent her becoming very hot.
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I would drill ground manners and proper leading and tying, and then give her as much turnout as possible to keep her limber.
She is on 24/7 turn out so you think I should just do lots of ground work and walking? She has awesome ground manners now but wouldn't hurt to make better.
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If she's on 24/7 turnout then I can't see how lunging her is going to burn her energy off. If she had surplus energy she'd be racing around the field
So when you say she's 'hot' what exactly do you mean?
Is she just being bad mannered?
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Light lunging really helps my thoroughbred gain weight, it also isn't just fat but nice toned muscle that forms. I usually just trot each side for 5 minutes then canter each side for 2.
Once she has gained some more, hill work really helps the top line! Just walking up hills on the trail really helped my mare's top line. We also did stretches like the carrot stretch on both sides, then out in front of her and then making her bow after every lunging session and after every ride. The top line is always the first to go and hardest to gain back unfortunately.

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If she's on 24/7 turnout then I can't see how lunging her is going to burn her energy off. If she had surplus energy she'd be racing around the field
So when you say she's 'hot' what exactly do you mean?
Is she just being bad mannered?
She is on 24/7 turn out with choice to go in stall but she is with an older horse so they don't really run around and play even though she has the energy to do so she just follows him around. When I say hot I mean I don't want her getting all this protein and become hard to handle and she is already starting to get that way she doesn't have bad manners she's just showing he has more energy and is more pushy.
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