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        06-02-2008, 04:58 PM
    5 piles? That's a TON! Only feed him one flake at night and one in the morning. Also put a grass muzzle on him he will slim down an AMAZING amount. Trust me. I use to ride a Welsh Pony section B (I show him so we needed him to come down) and he was about to be at the point were he could founder and we have had the grass muzzle on him for about a week and holly mackerel. He has come down about 200-300 pounds. We still kept him on 2 tiny handfuls of beetpulp a day and he his fine. Also he sticks with 2 flakes of hay a day. Also I now ride this Shetland cross (Her name is Truffles ha she is so cute she is black with 1 white sock) and she is at the point where she could founder. She is on the same diet as Baily(The Welsh Pony) but she only gets 1 handful of grain a day. Baily gets 2 because he is on meds for his sore back. We don't put the grass muzzle on her because there is nothing to eat out in her pasture that she shares with 2 other mares. But HELLO he looks AMAZING! He is in good shape and OK I see a bit of chunkiness but it is not that bad. Like he might be overweight by 50 pounds.
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        06-02-2008, 05:34 PM
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    The five piles are for 4 horses silly! Um... 4 fat horses... I should post pix of them all... I think maybe only one is not fat... but I can't tell w/ BlackHorse because he's so swayback.... he might be ok.... OH MAN!!!

    OK OK, I'll ride that pony!!!!!
        06-02-2008, 05:49 PM
    He is really cute!! Love his colour!

    I wouldn't feed him any less, I would ride/lunge etc. him more. Bonny is a bit overweight and I try to "work" her as often as possible, sometimes twice a day.

    Eg. My parents live near the stable where I board Bonny. On my way to their place I quickly stop off at the stable and lunge Bonny or have her run free in our arena.

    When I go back to the stable at night I take Bonny for a ride.

    She doesn't just only lose weight because of this, she also stays in training which is very important to me as she is 20 now.
    I also have a girl who rides her on the weekends, when I normally haven't got a lot of time due to work etc.

    You can check yourself if your horse needs to lose a lot of weight. When you can't see it's rips but feel them without putting a lot of pressure on your hands, your horse is in a perfect shape.

    The harder it is to feel his rips, the more weight he has to lose

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