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post #11 of 15 Old 09-10-2019, 05:56 AM
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I had the same problem with my mare around 6 months ago. We moved to Denmark, where she was outside all day in the paddock and therefor eating grass all day long and then she was feed every morning and evening in the stable + the hay (wet hay, I don't know exactly the word in english). Way too much, so after 6 months of that I had to do something to make her lose weight.

In march I started with giving her just dry hay, as food just care4life (from Pavo) + 80gr every day of psyllium divided within morning and evening (coconut flavour and she loves it)which helps the "fat" to be distributed in all the body and not to be accumulate all in the belly area. She still go outside in the paddock every day (if it is not raining), I think it is good for her to be outside so she can walk, maybe put her in a smaller paddock, so she has less grass to eat, or reduce the hours she is outside.

Of course, she had to work more. As the others said before, trot until when you hear her breathing be more heavy and than let her walk. I would say at least 45 mins/1 hour every day and maybe you can combine this with some long outwalks? to make it more fun also for her :)

That's what I did and it worked but of course every horse it is different, it is just matter of finding what works for you two girls :)

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post #12 of 15 Old 09-10-2019, 09:14 AM
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Cresty neck is an invite to or a suggestion of founder/laminitis in the future with laminitis being a principle cause of euthanasia in horses.


Yes, I am deliberately trying to scare you. I only wish others had done the same to me with my cresty fat horse. Only a few years ago he would have been euthanized. Only modern knowledge and research has saved him. He has suffered a great deal due to my ignorance but is down on weight, crest, and his laminitis is under control.


Once founder/laminitis occurs, damage to the lamina and hoof circulatory system will never fully recover. This is my forever horse and I do feel really bad and responsible.


Hopefully we will go on to many more years of kind trail riding. But it hasn't been easy. Physically, emotionally, or economically.
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post #13 of 15 Old 09-10-2019, 10:13 AM
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her belly is looking very round

Obviously you know if she's put on weight in the month you've been gone, then yes, she's put on weight and it needs to be addressed.



But I just wanted to comment on your specific comment about her belly being round. All horses have different conformation. I have one that really, really has a "well sprung" ribcage. I get comments all the time from people when I'm out riding him about how "fat" he is ..... but he is NOT fat!!! You can actually just barely see his ribs so he's a good weight, and gets ridden almost daily so he's also fit. But that ribcage is so round, it gives the illusion he is fat. I have never seen a horse with such a rounded ribcage like his, but it is what it is! Even though he is a smaller horse (14.2-14.3 hands), he feels like a larger horse because of his conformation and how his ribcage fills your leg and seat.



Anyway, food for thought on that!
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post #14 of 15 Old 09-10-2019, 10:24 AM
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@beau159 it's interesting that you mentioned that. My mare has the same look, and her body worker also referred to it as having a "well sprung" rib cage. You can feel the ribs right beneath her skin, but her stomach just sticks out a lot on the sides. She looks like she is pregnant. Actually the body worker thought that she might be like that because she had been used as a broodmare (maybe; we don't really know her history). Obviously this wouldn't be the case with your gelding, but I'm adding another voice for the possibility of a well sprung rib cage.

ETA: having said that, however, she's also kind of fat. She developed fat pads on her butt this summer and we had to cut down her supplemental hay.
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post #15 of 15 Old 09-11-2019, 02:21 AM
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Cresty neck is an invite to or a suggestion of founder/laminitis in the future with laminitis being a principle cause of euthanasia in horses.


Yes, I am deliberately trying to scare you. I only wish others had done the same to me with my cresty fat horse. Only a few years ago he would have been euthanized. Only modern knowledge and research has saved him. He has suffered a great deal due to my ignorance but is down on weight, crest, and his laminitis is under control.


Once founder/laminitis occurs, damage to the lamina and hoof circulatory system will never fully recover. This is my forever horse and I do feel really bad and responsible.


Hopefully we will go on to many more years of kind trail riding. But it hasn't been easy. Physically, emotionally, or economically.

True, that's also one of the reasons why I had to make my horse to lose weight. The vet and another friend of mine told me to make her lose weight before she would come to the point of cresty neck = laminitis. This worked quite a lot in scaring me and after I manage to make her lose weight.
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