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post #1 of 7 Old 09-20-2017, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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AQH Draft x - Losing Muscle since I brought him home..

So, I have had Koda for 3 months now, he is an 8 year old Quarter Horse and Draft x .. I brought him home at the beginning of this month after being boarded at a ranch. I am starting to notice some muscle and weight loss. There has been no change in diet and the only thing I can think of is that I have not been turning him out as I do not have an arena. May I add that he is a pretty lazy horse and that even when I did turn him out I'd rarely see him run or exercise, he would mostly just roll then wait for me at the gate. We still trail ride between 1-3 times per week. What are your thoughts? is it possible that he's just not getting enough exercise? I am working on getting a round pen which I'm sure he'll be thrilled about (sarcasm)


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So, the horse is shut up for at least four days a week?
Even if he has an exercise area he is not going to move around much in it.

If you sat around for as many hours as he is then you would loose muscle (though probably gain weight,) as he is.

He needs a large turn out area where he can move around picking at grass and if you do not have grass then hos hay needs to be spread around the area.
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With the loss of turnout is the horse also now not nibbling grass when out?
Extra calories lost will mean a weight loss.
Boredom, loss of movement of roaming around and less food to eat each day over time add up to suddenly you realize your horse looks different and you not like it...

Although foxhunter raises a good possibility you need to look into EPSM too....
A condition known in drafts, your draft cross is also a candidate.
A article link for some reading.... Rural Heritage Vet Clinic - EPSM in Draft Horses
Your horse may need to see a vet for a full exam to rule in or out what is happening. If you are really unsure then err on the side of caution and get professional eyes out for that look-see.
Drafts need special care in diet and exercise...they have there own issues seen only in drafts and that also includes draft-crosses.
Being you have just brought him home recently, the more reading and applying of information learned you do about diet and exercise regarding drafts the happier and healthier you can keep your horse.
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So, the horse is shut up for at least four days a week?
Even if he has an exercise area he is not going to move around much in it.

If you sat around for as many hours as he is then you would loose muscle (though probably gain weight,) as he is.

He needs a large turn out area where he can move around picking at grass and if you do not have grass then hos hay needs to be spread around the area.
Thank you, I am looking into making him a nice turn out arena..
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With the loss of turnout is the horse also now not nibbling grass when out?
Extra calories lost will mean a weight loss.
Boredom, loss of movement of roaming around and less food to eat each day over time add up to suddenly you realize your horse looks different and you not like it...

Although foxhunter raises a good possibility you need to look into EPSM too....
A condition known in drafts, your draft cross is also a candidate.
A article link for some reading.... Rural Heritage Vet Clinic - EPSM in Draft Horses
Your horse may need to see a vet for a full exam to rule in or out what is happening. If you are really unsure then err on the side of caution and get professional eyes out for that look-see.
Drafts need special care in diet and exercise...they have there own issues seen only in drafts and that also includes draft-crosses.
Being you have just brought him home recently, the more reading and applying of information learned you do about diet and exercise regarding drafts the happier and healthier you can keep your horse.
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Well, he definitely nibbles on grass when we are out on trail. I found that article extremely insightful and important! I plan to make changes in his diet regardless if he is positive for EPSM or not. I was unaware of this condition in drafts and I'm so glad you shared it with me.
Your post was extremely helpful and I'm very thankful.
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PSSM/EPSM is also found in quarter horses. Treatment for it generally includes daily exercise and a carefully-controlled diet, so it's possible that your horse is seeing symptoms due to the change in his exercise regimen.
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I'm confused. Does he get zero turnout at all? Do you have a paddock at least?

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