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post #1 of 20 Old 10-31-2013, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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OK I have been trying to read everybody post and figure some things out for my horses diet but I am still a bit confused my horse is a 9 yr old Arabian gelding who is a very easy keeper.I have been able to ride him about three days a week at about an hour or two but he still doesn't lose any weight. He has been on pasture all summer and is now only on hay. My concern is even though he is over weight he is maybe still lacking vitamins in his diet. He also always a a mineral block. Just would like some oppions on what to feed him.
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By my own experience with an easy keeper 9 year old Arabian.....he needs to go on a diet or you'll end up with major problems. What kind of hay is he on, and how much?
Grass hay offered in a slowfeeder of any kind would help him, along with a ration balancer or a vit/min supplement, and magnesium. And come summer, either restricting grazing or definitely more work.
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We make our own hay that is just grass hay. The bales are about 40lbs and he only gets half of a bale a day. I am afraid he is going to end up with a health problem. It is getting easier to ride more since both of my kids are in school now so I could probably get at least one more day of riding. I know I would love it.
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I just got a darling mare in who is 13.2 and 1100 lbs. No I am NOT kidding. She is living in a grazing muzzle and gets nothing but grass hay and water. No grain, no vits, no nothing until she drops some weight.




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We make our own hay that is just grass hay. The bales are about 40lbs and he only gets half of a bale a day. I am afraid he is going to end up with a health problem. It is getting easier to ride more since both of my kids are in school now so I could probably get at least one more day of riding. I know I would love it.
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weigh your hay portion. to lose weight, you want to be closer to 1.5% of normal bodyweight. The slowfeeder will make him work a little to get his hay, he can pull out only a couple of blades at a time, so it will last longer, even tho it's less overall.
I give my two dieters 6lbs in a slowfeeder net, that lasts about 4 hours. Two horses eating on it. Then another at lunch, and 3 of them for the night. That amounts to 15lbs per horse per 24 hours. Nets are never completely empty, horses still happy.
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I just got a darling mare in who is 13.2 and 1100 lbs. No I am NOT kidding. She is living in a grazing muzzle and gets nothing but grass hay and water. No grain, no vits, no nothing until she drops some weight.



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I'd give her about 10 grams of magnesium daily. Helps with the cresty neck. Right now she's at high risk for laminitis.
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I'd give her about 10 grams of magnesium daily. Helps with the cresty neck. Right now she's at high risk for laminitis.
I'll look into the Mg. Her brother has laminitis and is an air fern just like she is. She arrived last Saturday and she's taking off the weight, just with diet change and a grazing muzzle. You can already see that she's a bit lighter. She's still got 300 lbs to go though. I'm hoping we'll get a good cold snap, with no blanket and restricted food, she ought to drop it quick.

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I'll look into the Mg. Her brother has laminitis and is an air fern just like she is. She arrived last Saturday and she's taking off the weight, just with diet change and a grazing muzzle. You can already see that she's a bit lighter. She's still got 300 lbs to go though. I'm hoping we'll get a good cold snap, with no blanket and restricted food, she ought to drop it quick.
Look into slow feeder net for her hay, too. Keeps her eating little, but steady, to avoid insulin spikes. Better safe than sorry....oh, and cold and little food....you'll be surprised how well this type can hold on to the upholstery lol
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Look into slow feeder net for her hay, too. Keeps her eating little, but steady, to avoid insulin spikes. Better safe than sorry....oh, and cold and little food....you'll be surprised how well this type can hold on to the upholstery lol
The grazing muzzle (I have no way to separate her from the others to use a slow feeder net, so muzzle will have to do), is now permanently affixed to her face. She can eat all day long, just not a whole lot. Hoping that will cut enough calories. She WAS being fed alfalfa and grain, in a group setting, so was getting more than her fair share. Since none of the others was looking like they had missed any meals, I'm saying just all of them were being overfed.

Here are 2 more from the same herd, neither looking particularly ribby:

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I see. The grass hay and muzzle should already help. Work would be ideal. Is she rideable?
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