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post #1 of 11 Old 05-20-2007, 04:47 AM Thread Starter
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losing weight

my pony is a little over weight and because I only actually see her on the weekends ( I live in the city for the majority of my time) she does not get as much exersise as I would like. The last thing I want to do is over-work her on the weekend because she might strain something but I also want to get her healthy for a show, are there any exersises that tone mucles and burn fat but might not put as much strain on her chubby little legs? Just wondering, because I want her to be healthy and happy! thanks
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-20-2007, 10:17 AM
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What are you feeding her and how much of is she getting everyday. Is she in a stall, barn, or is she turned out to play?
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post #3 of 11 Old 05-21-2007, 07:16 AM
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Does she graze a lot? If so, put muzzle on. Mine was HORRIBLE fat last summer when I let her go on grass (well, actually not me but the owner of the barn). I even thought she's pregnant. Lol!
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post #4 of 11 Old 05-22-2007, 05:13 AM Thread Starter
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since I live is Australia, she's not being fed at the moment. The autum rain has brought on lush grass up to my waist!so I try to restrict what she eats! And I know that sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind but I don't think I could put her on a grazing muzzle. She'd be so sad!

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post #5 of 11 Old 05-22-2007, 12:01 PM
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It would be far worse to have your pony founder from too much green grass and being too overweight. I agree with the grazing muzzle if you can't work her more. Either than or put her in a smaller enclosure and cut the grass down so there's less to eat. A portable encousure would restrict her grass intake and allow you to move her to another spot when she eats the grass down.
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post #6 of 11 Old 05-22-2007, 06:51 PM
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A grazing muzzle is NOT cruel. They can still graze, but it slows them down so they don't founder. I would try it. It is actually better than if they are kept stalled or in a dry lot so they can't eat too much.
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post #7 of 11 Old 05-23-2007, 12:03 PM
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You can use one of those leather muzzles. They are not cruel (and rather light weighted too). I just prefer to keep my horses on dry lot, but sometime it's hard to do if you board.
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post #8 of 11 Old 05-24-2007, 05:15 AM Thread Starter
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ill take your advice, but firstly, because im not their every day and our hand just does a quick check, could they catch on branches? Because there are many trees in her paddock. And she could be stuck down the bottom of the paddock. I mean our hand is very careful and wouldnt leave if she couldnt find her, but its better to be safe than sorry!

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post #9 of 11 Old 05-24-2007, 06:54 AM
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Being honest, I don't know but I don't think so. At least, I'v never heard any horse was caught on branch in my area. Actually, if you think about it, it's same as if you have halter on (and almost every single horse in my area have halter on). Look at this muzzle: http://www.horse.com/products/sku-BRK61.html
It looks like a halter. That's the one borders at the farm where I keep mine use.

I know that ponies develop all these hoof problems because of grass (big horses too, but less). So it's certainly safety issue. May be if you don't like the muzzle idea you may think about moving your horse to different farm with hay diet.
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post #10 of 11 Old 05-25-2007, 10:18 PM
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One option to consider is having someone ride her for you. Several people at my boarding stable lease their horses out. But on the weekends, they come and ride. You can put in your lease contract that they will only be available if you're not there to ride. (Set specific days of the week) If you have young riders who don't have horses of their own yet, they would probably be very eager to help exercise her.
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