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I was just wondering if a neck sweat would help my horse's neck not be so fat/creasty?

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If you can grab up by the base of his mane with your whole and and move it around, and it seams like there is nothing but jelly underneath (fat), than, yes. It will absolutely help.
 

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It really depends on how much of the crest is fat and how much is actual tissue like tendons and muscle. Horses can get a cresty neck for whatever reason; breeding, conformation, being cut late, being obese, etc. It probably couldn't hurt but I'm not sure how much it would really help.
 

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He was 300 pounds overweight, and I think it is still fatness in his neck, but I am not sure.
 

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It very well could be, I am sure that a neck sweat couldn't hurt and if you have one, go ahead and give it a shot. :D
 

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A diet would help your horse's neck. He could be IR or early stage Cushings. I'd look in to a low sugar, low starch diet with an added IR supplement. You should check out safergrass.org and pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/EquineCushings for diet recommendations. I'd also have your vet pull blood and test him for IR, Cushings, and any other metabolic disorders.

A cresty neck on an Arabian (or whatever light breed he is) is definitely not normal.
 

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I've never sweated a neck before so I have no idea on that part...but how do you keep such a grey horse clean with all that mud?! Or did you just pick out his clean pics? LOL!
 

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I've never sweated a neck before so I have no idea on that part...but how do you keep such a grey horse clean with all that mud?! Or did you just pick out his clean pics? LOL!
Bahaha, no actually he stays fairly clean (Thank god) so he is pretty easy to find clean pics of him! haha.
 

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i wish my grey horse stayed that clean!
 

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^^Haha, yeah it is really nice that he likes to stay clean!!
 

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Honestly, if you're not showing him in halter, don't even put him through it. You have to religiously sweat a neck to get any results, and to maintain results, you must keep sweating them every day.

With his thick neck, he'd need the max sweat time, plus a rigorous work out on a line to get him hot enough to his neck will sweat, and will continue sweating for two hours(max. time). During these hours, he needs to stand, tied, in a draft-free area (again, keeping him HOT and sweating, and from getting him chilled).

I know some hardcore halter people sweat for up to three and a half hours.

Then you have to worry about skin and hair care. You're going to need to rinse him off with water, completely after you sweat him - or he's going to get itchy and irritated. Then you need a leave-in conditioner to keep the hair and skin from getting dry and brittle.

Sweating has great results, but with great results comes great effort and a lot of hard work that just isn't worth it to you or your horse unless you're showing halter every weekend.
 

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^^Oh, that doesn't sound like what I want to do to my boy...
Is there any other way to make his neck not so fat? Lose weight?
 

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Just like an overweight person, all he needs is exercise to combat the calories.
 

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So do you think just regular weight loss will help his neck? Because to me he looks a lot better than what he did before, I just can't tell if his neck is getting skinnier.
Here is when I first got him

Here is one from today
 

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His neck does look better, and really I wouldn't worry about it. And he looks like he has a thicker neck anyway, but that crest has definitely reduced :)
 

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Agreed. He does look like he, naturally, has a thick neck. And from the first pic to the new one, yes his neck does look a lot less flabby and more stiff ;)
 

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You've done a great job getting him in better condition. I would work him on the lunge with side reins and under saddle with his head long and low, driving from behind. He has overdeveloped muscles on the underside of his neck, making it look even thicker. If you can get him using his hind end, back, and neck correctly, you'll see more muscle in the rear, the belly pulled up, and his neck look longer and slimmer.

He doesn't have to go around with his head permanently low, you just have to work him enough that way to encourage proper muscle development. Don't force his head down though, as that will only compound your problem. You want to encourage his head low while asking him to drive his hind legs under himself.

My mare had similar conformation, though her neck wasn't quite as thick.

She went from this:

(horse in the front)

To this, with proper riding and a diet ;-).




(she was sniffing pooh piles while I was free-lunging her, lol)
 
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