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post #1 of 32 Old 02-16-2020, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all! I have a 10 year old paso fino that I rescued. I got her in the fall and she was a porker. I thought I would let the winter help with her weight loss. She has two pasture mates on 12 acres of pasture 24x7. I only fed hay on the coldest of nights as they have a lot of pasture to chew on. She hasn’t lost any weight and we are going into spring. The other two have maintained as well. I am wondering if that was the best choice and if I should have been feeding hay or grain for their vitamins and minerals. I was just so afraid of founder. Now we are going into spring and she’s definitely going to have to be in a muzzle as I have no way to block off the field. It’s just one big field. I never thought I would have a problem with too much land. Anyone got any thoughts or suggestions??
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post #2 of 32 Old 02-16-2020, 07:58 PM
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1. Views from the sides and the rear would be helpful:)

2. Are you sure she isnít in foal?

Even though she was heavy when you got her, more often than not rescues mares seem to magically be carrying babies:)

3. There are some things you can do but I would want to know for sure that tummy is all fat and not a baby:)

4. Along with being pretty, she has a very sweet and kind face:)

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post #3 of 32 Old 02-16-2020, 08:32 PM
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I agree with walkinthewalk to check to make sure she is not in foal, if she is not, then I would recommend putting a muzzle on her for a few hours a day and gradually wean her off all the grass. But make sure she is not in foal because if you cut her off while she is in foal, then that's not good.
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post #4 of 32 Old 02-16-2020, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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No baby. Had that checked because I was fearful too lol. I’ll have to get better pics tomorrow. She has a cresty neck for sure and a large belly but I don’t see any fat deposits so that’s good.
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Does she get worked or ridden at all? That could be another reason, there are some horses that we have at the barn that don't get ridden and have a lot of pasture and are a little bigger than her.
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post #6 of 32 Old 02-16-2020, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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Unfortunately not much. With three horses and working full time, it’s hard. Plus it gets dark as soon as I get home! Ugh. I can’t wait for spring! I’m afraid to put her in a muzzle in the winter. Idk why but just doesn’t seem right lol.

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Lol, I can't wait for spring either. I would only do it for an hour at a time if you were worried, but once she is getting worked again, she should be fine and getting more fit. If it is a cold day out, then I would not put the muzzle on, but she won't be starving and it will help her with the weight. Horses don't really stop eating when they are full because they like being full, but when horses have too much food in their stomach it can lead to a bowel obstruction which doesn't happen often, but I have seen it and the horse with unfortunately pass away. My uncle has a farm in Texas and I see it mostly in his cattle but has happened with some horses. Even trotting her for 5 minutes in the pasture will help, but too much grass may cause some problems. If you do put a muzzle on her for a little bit, make sure she gets the hang of drinking water with it on. Just so she doesn't stop drinking.
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I was told by my vet that Paso are known to easily fall into IR issues and laminitis with grass consumption free-fill eaten.
The mare already has 2 strikes with cresty neck and overweight appearance of huge belly/gut and she arrived near obese you said in appearance.
She also has a splayed stance...sore feet or did you just catch her at a weird second in time..
Because you not see fatty deposits not mean you don't have a problem in infancy starting...
You might want to consult with your vet on what to do and how to do it....


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post #9 of 32 Old 02-17-2020, 08:20 AM
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Some Paso also have very round barrels and add a layer of fat and they look even more obese. Not saying she isn't carrying extra she doesn't need but a round barreled horse even at a good weight can look fat but not be.

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post #10 of 32 Old 02-17-2020, 09:25 AM
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You've got some great advice as well. Better pictures on solid ground would be great (straight on front and behind and sides). She has a VERY funny stance you sure she's not already affected?
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