Originally Posted by jaydee
I'm with you on the mane - not a fan of long manes at all. I like the smart look!!!
What exercise regime have you followed with him and how did you reduce his diet - what are you feeding him and what is his stable & turnout system
I have a friend who is struggling to get weight off a New Forest pony without him losing energy as he tends to be lazy
Baxter had been on 24/7 turnout in a herd of geldings on about 30 acres of grass (with lots of clover!). He is now in a dry lot 24/7 being fed hay twice a day. I give him straight grass hay and occasionally a mix of grass and alfalfa hay. It depends on the weight and size of the square bales (and of course, the quality of the hay), but I give him about 2 flakes of hay per feeding. He hasn't lost any of his energy.
He was so overweight at first that I didn't think it was fair to even ride him, so I did 2-3 lunging sessions a week, making sure to walk around and make large circles and straight lines so as not to put any extra strain on his body. The first day I probably lunged him all of 10 minutes and slowly increased that time. Once I found a saddle wide enough to fit him, I would ride him for 15 minutes or so after some lunging. Currently he is pretty much doing normal work, about 30 minutes of riding every other day or so and that's more to do with the fact that I have limited time for him because of all the other horses that I ride.
I've done this quite a few times, bringing a horse back into work after years off and/or helping a horse lose weight, so I kind of have developed a feel for when and how much to push them each ride. Basically I just increase the exercise a little more (difficulty and length of time) for each workout session. If possible, I also mix in some hill work.
I hope that helps!