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post #11 of 15 Old 07-04-2014, 08:32 AM
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The horse is not sick, the vet has looked at it, and it is only over weight :) it's 6 years old It is really interesting why the original owners threatened to PTS the horse if somebody didn't take it. If the horse is only 6 years and is only over weight, it might be assumed the people simply did not want to take any responsibility for the horse's care. Like others have mentioned, euthanizing it was a ploy to get rid of it faster.
I live in sweden if you know where that is? :)I do
The horse is not in an place it can graze as it's more in the muddy are of the farm xd She though has unlimited axess to hay there So an idee would be not to give her unlimite of hay? Have you dried out yet? The horse should have an area it can get to, where it's dry, to keep her hooves healthy. She could still founder; standing in mud 24/7 will further add to the serious hoof problems.

Well, unlimited access might be ok if the hay could be placed in several piles so the horse is forced to move. If she's standing at one big hay pile or round bale all day long, she won't burn up any calories or get any exercise.

Some folks in the United States build what is known as "paddock paradise" for their obese horses. It's great concept and does not have to be as elaborate as some the web sites show.

If she is living in what we call "dry lot" conditions, it would be fairly easy to create your own version of a Paddock Paradise.

These are images of a wide variety of ideas of incorporating ones own landscape into your version of a paddock paradise.

https://www.google.com/search?q=padd...w=1391&bih=648

You can also Google "Paddock Paradise" and get a ton of hits.

If anyone reading this thread made their own Paddock Paradise, hopefully they will come in with some suggestions

I dont have any pictures of her as I'e only seen her once so far, but I'll bring a camera next time I come aroun! :)
We will be anxious to see her given somebody threatened to euthanize her and the vet says all that's wrong with her is that she is too fat and she is only six years

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We will be anxious to see her given somebody threatened to euthanize her and the vet says all that's wrong with her is that she is too fat and she is only six years
Yes it is dryed and only a few places muddy! :)

That is actually an intresting idee! Making it move around a bit to get the food! Thank you!
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post #13 of 15 Old 07-04-2014, 10:36 AM
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If you look around the paddock paradise sites, you will see that they have slow feeder of several kind. The idea is to provide constant access to hay, but make them slow down, which is much more natural than just standing in front of a bale all day long. I make my nets out of the strings from bales, and have about 5cm holes. And all I can say it does wonders. They nibble a little here, then go to the next net(could be there is something better, lol), then to the next, so they are constantly moving and never have an empty stomach. I need much less hay that way, nothing gets wasted, and horses know they always have something to eat. The best effect is that my overweight horse has lost sufficiently, and the rather lean one has gained.
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post #15 of 15 Old 07-13-2014, 02:21 AM
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If she is overweight, you firstly need to get her back into shape before riding her. All you need to do is reduce her feed and let her out in a paddock during the day. While this happens, do some groundwork before getting up in the saddle. Don't exercise her too much but a walk a day for maybe 10-20 minutes could do some good :)

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