Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: central Illinois
Young gelding, huge belly!!
I recently bought a one year old gelding quarter horse. The lady who owned him informed me that if I didn't feed him or water him for a few days he would readily come up to me and therefor "like" me when I did bring him food.
DO NOT FEAR!!! That did not happen. I have worked on a breeding farm for 3 years, and I would never starve a horse to get their approval. The poor little guy has a dreadful coat, ribs sticking out, and a giant belly.... he looks like our 3-4 month pregnant mares. It is slowly getting smaller, I think, and I have been giving him free choice alfalfa hay, free choice water and 1 quart of sprouted oats split into 3 feedings per day with his vitamins, MSM and DE. My question is, should I start limiting the amount of hay he gets per day?
He was in quarantine, but has now fulfilled the time for it and is getting turned out most of the day to graze on pasture (which is mostly clover, dandelions, tall grass and other assorted weeds). It just worries me with how big his belly is, if I should start giving him a more appropriate amount of hay, since he devours it all day long. I know they should be nibbling and not taking huge mouthfuls, but our feeders don't allow slow eating. Any suggestions?? Or will putting him out in the pasture slowly reduce his belly?
Thank you for taking the time to help us newbies out!! I have worked with horses for quite a while, but boy is owning one totally different!!