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post #1 of 25 Old 09-18-2010, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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Is my mini fat?

I have an 8 month old mini. I think he may be a little fat. Has quite a bit of a gut on him and he has been wormed so it can't be that.

I let him graze during the day but our pastures aren't spectacular. He gets a tiny bit of oats and Legacy vitamin supplement with his evening hay. I mean a tiny amount, not even a real handful.

My new hay concerns me. It was tested at 19% protein according to the guy I got it from but I don't know the sugar/carb content. I'm sure I can find out. Its wonderful quality hay but I'm worried it may be too good for my little guy.

He gets roughly a flake of this hay a day. Half in the AM and the rest at night. I'm getting him started on lunging but he's not really happy about it LOL.
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post #2 of 25 Old 09-18-2010, 01:08 AM
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well it's kind of hard to tell from that angle but he doesn't look too fat to me. A little exercise won't hurt him. He doesn't have much muscle at all so lunge him and set little obstacles up for him so he can bulk up a bit.

He's really cute!
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post #3 of 25 Old 09-18-2010, 01:12 AM
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you could run like little obstacle courses with him, haha I'm thinking of the dog agility, but it would be good for him and get you in shape as well :)
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He is easy to get running. All I have to do is run and he will start chasing me and then I'll turn and chase him. He has far more wind that I have though. He'll run with the dogs too, they get along well.
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He doesn't look too bad, like the others have said, but he is pretty cute!

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post #6 of 25 Old 09-18-2010, 01:24 PM
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I have an 8 month old mini. I think he may be a little fat. Has quite a bit of a gut on him and he has been wormed so it can't be that.

I let him graze during the day but our pastures aren't spectacular. He gets a tiny bit of oats and Legacy vitamin supplement with his evening hay. I mean a tiny amount, not even a real handful.

My new hay concerns me. It was tested at 19% protein according to the guy I got it from but I don't know the sugar/carb content. I'm sure I can find out. Its wonderful quality hay but I'm worried it may be too good for my little guy.

He gets roughly a flake of this hay a day. Half in the AM and the rest at night. I'm getting him started on lunging but he's not really happy about it LOL.
It's impossible to tell by that picture if that miniature is "fat", second a full flake of hay for a miniature is insane. That's what I fed 4 minis during our blizzardy winters. If they are on pasture, they definitely don't need hay.
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post #7 of 25 Old 09-18-2010, 01:55 PM
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I would just like to put it out there that almost ALL minis are naturally fat lol :)

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post #8 of 25 Old 09-18-2010, 02:30 PM
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No, no minis are not "naturally" fat. Poor management is what causes them to be over weight. They are more prone to gaining weight easier then large horses though.
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post #9 of 25 Old 09-18-2010, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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I was having trouble posting pics earlier. Here are two more:

As far as the flake of hay goes, I guess its all relative as to where you tear it off. Call it a small flake? Our pasture is not really all that good and it is very weedy. There is next to no clover or anything long for that matter. Its pretty chewed down between all the animals. My goats were getting skinny on it and I had to give them extra hay and feed to bring their weight back up. They are super picky which is bizarre. I thought goats would eat anything.
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post #10 of 25 Old 09-18-2010, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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I'll take a new picture today of him. He is a cute little bugger :) He is so kind and friendly.
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