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post #11 of 12 Old 04-21-2015, 09:46 PM
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Hi, So he has come into more work recently. At only 5yo he may not have done a great deal yet in the past? If he's been fat long term, even if not obese, this changes the metabolism & insulin sensitivity, and the fat turns to hard 'adipose tissue' and is hard to budge even when the horse's weight is down. Not saying he's there though, as you say he's only been working hard 'lately' & may be just a case of give it time.

Nutrition is vital though, particularly adequate magnesium it seems. The products Smilie has mentioned have had very good reviews. You can also learn more at ecirhorse.com and gravelproofhoof.org and safergrass.org
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Just an update: I've taken a weight tape to him and he's just around 1050 lbs. I suspect that he'd be just about right if he were closer to 975 lbs. I've started weighing all of his hay -- he presently gets 16 lbs per day in slow feed nets. He's still working 4-6 days per week, and he just started a new supplement with magnesium, chromium yeast, and other ingredients targeted towards healthy metabolism. I really hope to see some good progress in the next month or so.
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