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        09-05-2013, 09:08 AM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by Mrspyrydus    
    I don't want to make him drag/carry heavy stuff...I just want to see him run a little bit so he will get a little leaner but I will wait untill after the winter to start working with him on losing fat Right now I plan to let him enjoy the little sun that's left.
    Proper diet and worming will make him leaner. Your area where he is at does not look like good forage for a healthy diet. Did your vet mention treating him for worms?
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        09-05-2013, 10:00 AM
    The area where I photographed him is right under a pretty big tree so there isn't much sun for the grass to grow but he has plenty of green around I assure you. About the worms: the vet gave me some powders that I had to give him once a week for 4 weeks and that's about it...
        09-05-2013, 10:11 AM
    Green Broke
        09-05-2013, 02:23 PM
    I think your doing great with him so far. Eventually you might need a pasture buddy out with him, whether it be a sheep, goat, or another mini. He will need to have a farrier also. What are you feeding him everyday? Hay and grass or something more?
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        09-05-2013, 02:29 PM
    He's a cutie! Sounds like you're doing great with him
        09-05-2013, 02:35 PM
    Green Broke
    !! Peaches are stone fruit and the Pits are lethal. Do not let the pony have free access to the pits. And actually apple seeds can be toxic. Be sure to cut the apple up and remove the seeds. Good luck , I never saw where the Vet had aged him , how old did the Vet guess him ?
        09-06-2013, 01:46 PM
    I got a peach tree and an apple tree in his yard and both are short enough that he can grab the fruits right of the branches. The vet said that he was born somewhere around april-may.
        09-06-2013, 02:01 PM
    Green Broke
    Cut the peaches and apples out of his diet and he will loose a few pounds guaranteed. Apples and peaches are *treats*, not a diet stable! It's like saying you feed your kids diet is made of soda, candy, ice cream, and potato chips. They are fine as a treat, but shouldn't be a part of their main diet.
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        09-06-2013, 02:25 PM
    Never heard of apple seeds being toxic to horses. I've been feeding apples complete with seeds for years to horses as treats, as have many people I know. I have never ever heard of a problem with the seeds.

    OP: that said, yes, please limit his intake of apples and peaches. They are not good for him except as a treat.

    Have you had any luck finding hay for the winter?
        09-06-2013, 05:21 PM
    Seems that my last post didnt go through. I found hay and a farrier for him. The problem with apples and peaches is that I have both and apple tree and a peach tree in his yard and both are short enough that he can grab the fruits right of the branches. He always spits the pits of the peaches so I guess it should be allright.

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