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I'm very worried about my gelding. It seems he's an overly easy keeper and had not been kept as he should have been before I bought him. They feed him 2 scoops of high fat/protien grain a day, had a huge round bale out at all times & kept him in the pasture all day with no regards as to how much he was eating.
Someone I know told me that she's surprised he has not foundered yet and this really scares me. He is 14.2hh and is naturally big boned. He weighs over 800 lbs. and it's obvious that he needs to lose his big belly. Should I be worried? What would you recommend I do with his feeding schedule?

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- Brie.
 

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What type of horse is he? I would remove the grain. If a horse founders you remove them from pasture grazing so if you are concerned about founder take him off the grass and grain. Feed him only grass hay no alfalfa or legumes in it. He can have as much plain grass hay as he wants. Spread it around and make him walk around to eat it. His might have a big grass belly that will debloat a little when he is off pasture.
 

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Actual Weight isn't always a big deal. Condition is a better indicator of health. You should be able to feel the horses ribs without having to really push around on his sides. You don't want to see fatty deposits around the top of his tail or the front of his shoulders. You don't want to see a "groove" down his back (spine lower than his back).

Print out this body conditioning scale and take it with you when you go see him next. Try to use the indicators to figure out where your boy fits in. Ideally, you want your horse at a "5", no more than a "6".
http://www.admani.com/allianceequine/images/BodyConditionScoring/Horse%20Body%20Condition%20Score%20Card.pdf
http://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/publication/AG_Equine_2005-01.pdf - use the first and last page as your guide.
 

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If my boy (about your horses size) was on all of that, he would be a blimp. He is on 1/4 scoop of low starch complete feed twice a day. He has free access to good pasture and we dont hay during the summer (pasture is lush and they are 24/7 access) I would say that grain needs to be cut back considerably. Unless he is strenuously worked, 6 or 7 days a week, all that grain will make him overweight and can have seriously affect his health.
 
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