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post #1 of 9 Old 07-12-2012, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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Trying to get her to Loose Weight?

I have been trying to get my miniature horse's weight down since we brought her home in March. So far I think she may have actually gained weight. She is a rescue, from one of those places were they love their horses but don't have the money to pay for farrier, vet, etc for all their horses. So she was fat, friendly and when she came into the rescue heavily pregnant.

Currently she is on 24/7 pasture(that is all we have access to) the the pasture is pretty much dead and gone (no rain=no pasture), get's no grain, and the 4 horses only get 1/2 square bale of hay every other day. She is hand walked and lunged every couple days when I have time(and when her hoof allows), runs around the pasture with the other horses and gets no grain.
Any ideas on ways to get her to loose weight?

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post #2 of 9 Old 07-12-2012, 07:42 PM
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Hi,

A grazing muzzle or otherwise restricting her access to pasture will be necessary. 24/7 access it too much for many big horses, let alone a little tacker like that. If you're going to restrict by allowing her certain times to graze, sugars increase in grass with photosynthesis & are used for growth over night(generally, there are exceptions), so it's best to keep them off the grass from late morning to later evening. You can also soak the hay for a couple of hours & drain before feeding, which will leach out a lot of the sugars.

Of course can't see much of her hooves anyway, but they're not obviously bad from that angle anyway. If you do want opinions on her hooves, there's a hoofcare section.
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Restricted grazing isn't an option. We have no place to keep her that doesn't have grass. We have one 10 or so acre pasture that the grass is all but dead.


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A grazing muzzle isn't an option or restricted grazing isn't ??

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Restricted grazing isn't an option. We have no place to keep her that doesn't have grass. We have one 10 or so acre pasture that the grass is all but dead.
10 acres for one horse?? No wonder she's a pudding, drought or not! What were you planning on doing about it if you won't restrict grazing or anything? Only other option I can think of is to take on another fair few horses, so the 10 acres is dust, then feed out full time. Leaving her obese to become IR & laminitic isn't a great alternative...
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Loosie, she said she has four other horses (or three plus this mini?) in the OP. It's not just this little girl in the field.
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What about a grazing muzzle, like loosie suggested? :)
I have one on my older girl right now, during the day, and though I feel like a jerk for restricting her grazing like that, I know it's much better for her to have inconvenience grazing-wise than for her to go through the pain of founder. I put it on at about 11am everyday and remove it around 8pm each evening. I've been seeing some real weight loss and that makes me feel so much better.

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Loosie, she said she has four other horses (or three plus this mini?) in the OP. It's not just this little girl in the field.
Pardon, got confused between threads. But yes, another fair few horses, or whatever it takes to eat the grass out to nothing, if she can't be restricted & a grazing muzzle not an option.
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just learned a good reason why she looks like she's been gaining weight.
There is a good possibility she is pregnant. Thanks for the help. :)
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