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  1. Horse Training
    Hi all, I have a 2 1/2 year old Quarter horse (1/4th Belgian) mare and I want to get her into better shape this summer without riding her. At the moment she is overweight and gets 1 pound of Brooksfeed Enhancer a day (as recommended by Brooks nutritionist) and about half a bale of hay because...
  2. Horse Health
    Anyone have any experience with hay belly?? I've done some research, there's no option to change his hay, but would going on a grain be helpful? If so, any suggestions? Also, he hasn't been ridden in over a year so he will now be getting worked 4-5 days a week.
  3. Horse Health
    I have recently taken out a lease on a smooth appaloosa school horse at the barn I ride at. He is lazy, but his gait is like gliding and he'll do anything I ask. However, the owner of the barn has allowed a woman to come in and groom him and spend time with him for her pleasure. I think this...
  4. New to Horses
    hi, i recently purchased a pony and her old owner said if she put on weight then to muzzle her however i am worried that when i take it off (she's out 24/7) then she will overeat and get colic. can you please suggest how i should use it and how to get her used to it... also i have an option of a...
  5. Horse Nutrition
    So Snickers is my 12 yo QH mare. She has always been a very easy keeper, but when I came home from school for Thanksgiving I was horrified to see how big she had gotten! She is at my parents' house and they don't know anything about horses so they had just kept feeding her the same amount I had...
  6. Horse Health
    Well my cob is quite overweight... and very unfit..... I've seen some fitness programs online which say I should be riding her 6 times a week but at the moment I can only ride 3 times. They also say that for a month I should just be walking her.... hmmm. So what I'm asking is if anybody can...
  7. Horse Tack and Equipment
    I am currently trying to find a dressage saddle and a western saddle to fit my needs. I hate high cantles and deep seats. My horse has a narrow wither and is downhill so it is hard on my back to ride in a saddle with a high cantle. I am about 5'6'' and am overweight. I am also on a budget. My...
  8. Horse Training
    My sister rides a 10yo Arab x Australian Riding Pony gelding who is slightly overweight at the moment and hasn't had much riding or training in the past. He's very lazy and when she tries to jump him, he can't seem to work out that he's supposed to jump over the poles, rather than just crash...
  9. Horse Health
    Hi, I am a new horse owner. I bought my 14 year old miniature horse in October. She is a little hefty and the former owners visited 2 days ago and they think she has gained since I have had her. They suggested I stop all grain. I live in Maine so for the past week or so she has had to start...
  10. Horse Nutrition
    First off, this is my first post to this forum, although I've been following for quite some time. I'm glad to finally be a part of this community! So I'm having an issue concerting some horses I'm working with. Rather, the issue is with their owners. The horses (two 6 year old, unbroken mares...
  11. Plus Sized Riders
    Hello everyone! My name is Melanie, I am an overweight teenager (15). (Not reveling that yet) I have been riding for around 2 years of consistent riding, and 3 years of riding in all. I have been in love with a paint mare for around 2 years. Before I bought her she was being kept at a barn...
  12. Plus Sized Riders
    I'm cross-posting this here from a different category (equipment) because I wondered if any of you have experienced Plantar Fasciitis or something similar to it, as it is often common with those of us with weight management problems. Hello all, I'm new and I LOVE horses. I found this website...
  13. Horse Health
    come summer my horse is overweight.. he's out 24/7, gets ridden every day (one day off a week), i bring him in for as long as possible during the day, and his feed is cut down to handful chaff + 1/4 pasture mix. is there anything else i could do? he has a big grass belly (had him checked for...
  14. Horse Nutrition
    I lost a mare who had gotten overweight and then spent the last 6 months of her life on a miserable, low cal diet. I hated that I did that to her in the end (even though I didn't know she was going to pass). She didn't get the fatal condition from being overweight, but she did founder. I...
  15. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    Am I too big/too heavy for my horse? I am 5ft 6 and weigh 247 lbs. My horse is a STB. He is about 16hh or more
  16. Horse Health
    OK, we have 3 mini mares, all of which are over weight. We have only had them a few months, switched them from sweet feed to orchard grass. Been giving half a flake to each. Is this too much? Also, one of them is 15 and has a missing molar, had the vet out, he floated her teeth, and said...
  17. Horse Health
    I have what I like to call, a fatty boomba. She seems to put on weight at the sight of new grass these days. She's a 16.2hh 20yr old warmblood, and she doesn't get worked much because of her age, and frankly her weight. I'm a bit worried that because of her size, too much exercise will put...
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