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post #1 of 16 Old 09-25-2012, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
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getting pugyness off of horses?

so i had to take a month off of ridding and any hard work with the horses after sevealy spraining my ankle. and now its tons better (still hurts a bit) and i started to work with my Horse again but hes gotten fat. and so has my moms horse and my other horse that i havent ridden this year much as he got his hoof absess and his back was out. so hes been in pasture all summer. im off for another few weeks im sick and can do little work so i started to longe my horse and he kept cantering around and wouldnt trot or walk.

what would be the best to get them all back in shape? they are outside all the time and only in for oats.
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No oats and long trotting really helps with getting that extra pudge off. The cantering will 'condition' the horse aerobically, but the trotting will help drop those few extra pounds
Hope that helps.....also try to restrict their feed a little, if they're munching free choice hay or pasture all day long and not getting ridden up into a hard sweat, they don't need it, try penning them up for a few hours a day, just to reduce their fuel consumption.....best of luck
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my horse and my QH get sweet feed i just droped my QH down to a few handfuls other wise hes bugging everyone. and my Paint gets half a scoop for his Joint and calming supplement. my moms gets oats and sweet mixed 50/50 and 1/3 of a scoop for his ulcer supplement ive been slowly cutting them all back.
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my horse and my QH get sweet feed i just droped my QH down to a few handfuls other wise hes bugging everyone. and my Paint gets half a scoop for his Joint and calming supplement. my moms gets oats and sweet mixed 50/50 and 1/3 of a scoop for his ulcer supplement ive been slowly cutting them all back.
Good idea, if the feed is just a method of transportation for medication that's needed, then find a low energy feed with a good nutrient content to deliver it......sweet feed is exactly what it is.....sweet=carbs=energy.......I'd stay away from it if you can help it until the horses really really need it
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thats all we feed once i get back into ridding it helps them a lot more and i hope im only off for a week but im not sure yet.
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If you can't ride for some reason, trotting on the lunge is a really good way to cut down on the fat. Start at 10-15 min. a day and than work up from that. If he won't trot, let him canter untill he gets tired and then he will probably be glad to trot.

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Trot, trot, trot - and then some more trot!
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Trot, trot, trot - and then some more trot!
Yep!
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what if a horse doesnt know how to loung? my Qh will stand there as you ship him over and over and if he does react its backwards tring to rip your arm off. ive tried over the years but he will just run off with the lead.
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post #10 of 16 Old 09-30-2012, 11:30 AM
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I would recommend you start a thread in the training section. I am sure you will gets lots of advice from people who have had this problem!
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