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    05-10-2011, 12:44 AM
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Foal
Exclamation Getting an OBESE horse into shape?

OK, I am soon to be taking on a big draft horse who has not been ridden in a LONGGG time and has been left to become fatter and fatter in his pasture for a while. I plan to train him to be a trail horse, but first I need him to lose some weight! Taking him off pasture is not an option, because his owner does not have very many feeding options and pasture helps to sustain him a bit more. He is also a senior, 20+ so I would need to not push him a lot. I was wondering if people had any weight loss tips or feeding tips for me so I can help this big guys lose some weight! It is to the point of it being unhealthy! Thanks in advance!
This is not the best picture of his fatness, but it's all I have.
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    05-10-2011, 03:08 AM
  #2
Foal
He Isnt that fat. You Can Give Him Half A Scoop Of 6% Fat Pellet Feed And Free Choice Coastal hay
     
    05-10-2011, 05:43 AM
  #3
Trained
Lots, and lots, and lots, of walking. Starting in hand, on the flat, building it up to some light hills and varying terrain, and then gradually introduce some under saddle work - again just in walk. A nice, active marching walk is going to do him a whole lot of good.
     
    05-10-2011, 08:31 AM
  #4
Foal
Try getting a grazing muzzle for him :) He will still be able to have constant feed in his gut, but won't consume as much food.

Regular easygoing work is better than riding hard once a week :) because he is old you may need to take it a bit slower, but you might find he is in absolutely fine health, and will w/t/c and jump without problems. I ride a 22yr old STB, he jumps over 60cm (I don't jump any higher so don't know how much higher he could go)

A few weeks of just forward walking and 5 minutes of trot, at least 3 times a week, for an hour or so, and step it up every 2 weeks. As much as people say you need to go easy on them, I've ridden plenty of horses that are lucky to get ridden once a month, and have ridden them at w/t/c without problems, for an hour or so.. But riding regularly I would go easier to begin with. You don't want a sore horse on your second ride! :)

Good luck with him, he's cute.
     
    05-11-2011, 12:42 PM
  #5
Trained
Another vote on the walking. And to add to that, after the walking I would start a lot of distance trotting. Trotting is harder for the hrose to maintain, but afer you lose some pound off the walking periods of extended trotting will do a lot of differance in not only getting him in shape but incresing endurance. Of course, he's a senior, so remember to keep him warmed and cooled properly and not worked TOO hard :)
     

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