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post #21 of 25 Old 04-16-2013, 02:24 AM
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It wouldn't hurt to be soaking her hay as well, especially if it is this seasons hay, it can contain sugars etc. Try soaking it for a few hours, and when you pull it out, you will most likely see water that has turned beer coloured, and smells like a brewery. I have a miniature, and she was grossly obese when she arrived here looking like this:

now she looks like this

You could take her for runs up the road or through the paddocks (provided the roads have a grass verge) I'm unable to run much because of my back, so I get on my sisters little 100cc motorbike and go up the road with Gemma like that, she absolutely loves it and just wants to keep going.
Could you attach tyres to her when you ground drive, even if she is only driving at a walk it will still help some

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post #22 of 25 Old 04-16-2013, 08:43 AM
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Originally Posted by HorseCrazyTeen View Post
Belly or no belly, there is a comparison.

And you missed my point exactly. Conformationally Endiku'sponies are nothing like the OPs. The OP has the older style miniature/Shetland. Not the refined minis of today. The OPs mare resembles the minis from the 80s and prior.

No comparison whatsoever ever. These are two different types within the breed type.
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post #23 of 25 Old 04-16-2013, 09:09 AM
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This is an old thread.

I did mention in the afore post that my miniatures were of different 'refined' build than OPs, and proceeded to link two of our shetlands with stockier builds.

I assure you that I know better than to just look at a belly to know if a horse is fat, and I did not do so. Rather, I evaluated this mare's excess padding on the tailhead, 'meaty' withers, and thick neck with an obvious crest and realized that OP was right, her mini was overweight. Not to the point of obesity, but absolutely enough that it would be very good for her health to loose some weight and gain some muscle to replace it.

From what I understand, this mare is a 'classic' miniature horse.It would be different if she was an old style shetland, but she's not. She looks like just about any other pasture conditioned, overweight mini mare that I've ever seen. None of the miniatures that I listed are show quality in the least, nor are they show bred. They merely have less fat. The chestnut mare that I showed is the most refined of all of them and perhaps was not a good example, but the gelding not refined at all, as noted by his short legs and large thick head.
Granted, this mare seems to have a fairly big rib cage for her size (not a bad thing) so she may always appear to be thicker than the horses I showed, but she could stand to loose a few pounds.
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post #24 of 25 Old 04-24-2013, 08:42 AM
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This really helps me. My minis can get pretty fat, and that's with a grazing muzzle. I want to show them this summer and need to get them trim and slim.

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post #25 of 25 Old 05-11-2013, 02:09 PM
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Originally Posted by SunnyMeadeFarm View Post
I know this probably a simple answer, but I just wanted to make sure I am doing what I need or any other ideas.
When I bred miniatures, my mares always went thru a few different things all of which you could use.

-Diet pen and feed hay
-Only allow the mini to graze a few hours a day limiting access to fresh grass
-Grazing muzzle
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