Helping a Mini Loose Weight???
We decided to bring home a mini from the rescue that closed and I have worked with her before but actually looking at her now and trying to figure out what she could do show-wise or even just fun-wise and looking at how I would figure out this whole down sizing thing(making the pasture, water tubs/buckets, and feeders so that a mini and a 15h horse could reach them) and I realized how truly fat this little mini is, she is only 32in. tall but is about as wide as she is tall.
She really needs to loose weight, any ideas? I need to get pictures of her as she is incredibly cute, just maybe a little 'less' of her would be better.
You could free lunge her (or on a lunge line) over some obstacles like trotting poles. You can learn to ground drive her or take her for a spin running on lead :P
First we have to be able to catch her, she hasn't been handled in 3 months.
Well there are tons of ways to do that, a lot of threads on this forum particularly in the training section. Just depends on what you're able to do and what you're comfortable doing :)
Good luck !
You'll need to get her off all pasture and make sure you monitor her feed very carefully. She should also not be with large horses.
Minis gain weight very readily and can also founder readily if on pasture. You can feed her a small amount of alfalfa pellets twice a day and a handful of hay to keep her from becoming bored. Then of course, exercise is necessary. Lunging is not recommended for Minis, unless in a very large area.
Remember also, that if she has a winter coat, you will have to feel through it to make sure she is actually overweight. Minis grow huge winter coats and it is sometimes difficult to see that underneath, they are actually quite lean.
why should the mini not be with large horses ?? just curious :/
and if he is turned out in pasture you can try a grazing muzzle to keep him out but limit when he can eat.
as for exercise nice long relaxing walks :) i would have him like a dog lol walking him down the street but then again i do that with my big guys too :roll:
haha good luck with the little one :) have fun
Most Mini breeders, don't suggest keeping them with full size horses. One kick or even a quick turn and run if frightened, by the large horse, can injure these little horses badly.
thank you didn't even consider that good to know for future :) good luck op sorry i derailled the thread for second :(
Be sure shes really overweight. Many get a big bloated belly when they are lacking protein and they are actually too thin. If her back bone is up and easily felt and you can easily feel ribs, shes too thin. Winter coats can hide a lot so use your hands.
If she is overweight you must take it off slowly or you can send her into hyperlipemia.
Always start food changes and workouts very slowly when dealing with a horse that has been idle.
I am vehemently opposed to feeding a "handful" of hay per day. That is not enough even for a 32" mini.
Can you post pictures?
this mini is truly fat. She has been even when she was given daily walks. The pasture I am putting her on is all but dead. I plan on giving them free choice hay, but limiting their feed. As all 3 of the horses are overweight, but not as much as the mini.
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