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    06-02-2008, 11:57 AM
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how much weight should we lose???

He's fat... I know... I actually like my horses soft... He doesnt show anymore (he's 9 years old and has been designated my trail pony). He doesnt have to be in show condition but I'm thinking he's a little heavy..... He only gets about a handful of grain morning and night. I put out about 5 piles of hay morning and night, each pile is about 2 flakes but I'm feeding 4 horses in the field together. I can't cut back on hay unless I stall him at night and I don't wanna.... I'm not sure how to make him lose weight..... unless, I RIDE HIM MORE! But I do think he's fat...? What do you think?????

I'm going to add Pix of Beauty next because I think she's insanely fat... I don't know how this happens! I don't feed them THAT MUCH and I put them in stalls morning and night to eat grain so they are only getting their grain... I think I give them too much love.....

PS - check out his tail... I LOVE HIS TAIL!!! LMAO
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    06-02-2008, 12:42 PM
Green Broke
Umm... he's a pretty chunky boy!

I know the arab barn I worked at would free lunge them at a canter for 5 mins to start, then move up to 10 really toned them down.

I would try to eliminate the grain all-together, or do what you said and stall/feed less hay.

He's such a cutie!
    06-02-2008, 12:48 PM
The first pic he looks heavier than the second pic. He doesn't actually look that bad, in my opinion. I have seen way worse. Try lessening his grain a little at a time. And yes, ride him more!

BTW, he's so cute!
    06-02-2008, 01:20 PM
I agree he doesn't look too bad. I think cutting out his grain would help and the free lunging idea is awesome for helping him lose weight.
    06-02-2008, 01:29 PM
He is a bit chunky. :P But what a cutie he is!!
I say ride him more & give him less grain. Oooh free-lunging is not a bad idea!
Good luck!!
    06-02-2008, 02:21 PM
I am SUCH a sucker for a grey! I think he's awefully cute...I like em a bit chubby too....... He could stand to loose a bit. I would go with taking the grain away...maybe just the morning ration and then yes...ride him.
    06-02-2008, 02:43 PM
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...but! BUT THAT'S SO MEAN!!! Take his precious little grain away.... I'll cut it back even more, maybe just the teenies weensiest bit... I mean, I bet he gets maybe 2 cups? I could give him just a cup...??? I mean, we are talking teeny bits! POOR BLUE BOY!!!! He's going to starve!!! WAIL!!!!

When he went to reform school a couple years ago he dropped a ton of weight... like I bet 100lbs... do you think he needs to lose that much????
    06-02-2008, 02:49 PM
Yeah lunging is a great idea....but free lunge.make it fun not work.i wouldn't necissarily down size on grain amounts quite yet but deffinately go with more exercise.i mean he's only 9 right??or you said he's your trail horse.but you can try trail riding more or set up some courses in your arena.what im saying is exercise more!! He is a little chunky but I personally think its a cute chunky
    06-02-2008, 03:47 PM
Green Broke
I think 100 pounds would move him from "fleshy" to "moderately fleshy"...right about where I like mine to be :)
    06-02-2008, 04:44 PM
OOOoOooOOoh.... You're only giving him 2 cups... I see. That makes more sence. LOL... I thought you were talking like scoops not cups... I am going to change my answer, Ride that beautiful baby! Treat him with the grain but ride cowgirl ride! LOL

Edited to add the rest of my thought! :roll: -

No... I don't believe he needs to loose 100#'s. Maybe just like 54#.

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