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I routinely rehabilitate chronically foundered horses & diet management is critical to that.
7/1/2013 11:30:32 PM
it is hard to do......
7/1/2013 11:28:10 PM
hard keeper OTTB? Just the opposite!
7/1/2013 11:18:40 PM
I'm a farrier - I recommend this ALL THE TIME to clients!!!!
7/1/2013 5:50:25 PM
replaced the alpha/corn pellets with beet pulp and Purina's Hydrastion compressed hay, 8% protein.
7/1/2013 4:17:10 PM
Not so much increased exercise as less calories
7/1/2013 11:16:47 AM
Ether that or paint ribs on their sides so the vet can find them......
6/29/2013 8:41:51 AM
Restrict grazing hours.
6/29/2013 8:10:51 AM
restricted calories for Cushing but he lost alot of weight in 3 months and just eating hay.
6/28/2013 11:05:12 PM
It's the hardest thing I've ever done but it worked!
6/28/2013 9:48:17 PM
It was a very STUPID idia because than my horse got to thin
6/28/2013 9:28:42 PM
increased exercise but never have restricted calories
6/27/2013 7:26:00 PM
6/27/2013 4:35:37 PM
I have restricted calories gradually over a 2 month time to help with weight control.
6/26/2013 6:42:17 PM
2 of my 6 currently are restricted
6/26/2013 4:23:08 PM
They eat what they need, and have plenty of exercise.
6/26/2013 1:28:12 PM
POA mare years ago was hard to keep weight off even when restricted and lots or exercise
6/26/2013 1:20:48 PM
6/26/2013 12:15:55 PM
Yes, my retired gelding where's a muzzle 3x a week :(
6/26/2013 8:57:03 AM
Actually it's been the opposite.
6/26/2013 8:46:33 AM
Use a muzzle when in pasture & feed late cut grass hay & no grain, just supplement
6/26/2013 8:39:15 AM
Minis are air ferns....mine are no exception!
6/26/2013 8:11:56 AM
More than one at the same time.
6/26/2013 8:07:33 AM
Primarily pasture for nutrition, w/grass hay added in winter; grain only as needed if work warrants
6/26/2013 7:17:27 AM
Increase in exercise does the trick...lots of rolling hill walking, some trotting...
6/26/2013 6:59:53 AM
Soaking hay is a good way to remove some of the sugars and therefore lower the calorie intake.
6/26/2013 5:59:13 AM
I have locked up a heavy mare in a roundpen with grass hay nitetime to limit her time on rich pastur
6/25/2013 10:12:04 PM
some horses have to be watched very close on calories
6/25/2013 8:51:17 PM
easy keeper Arab gelding gets fat easily
6/25/2013 8:20:00 PM
He got just a 'taste' of crimped oats and pasture. took all summer to drop 50#
6/25/2013 7:41:59 PM
Just like all creatures - healthy weight horses are happier!
6/25/2013 7:38:21 PM
Fostered 3 "fat" mares who lost weight w/custom mixed grain & 24/7 hilly pasture
6/25/2013 7:35:42 PM
All the time for both my 25 year old easy keeper and for my 10 year old miniature.
6/25/2013 7:34:17 PM
never had a problem my ponies work and get fed enough for that work
6/25/2013 7:28:04 PM
finally had to resort to L-thyroxine after diet AND exercise failed
6/25/2013 6:58:28 PM
My warmblood is prone to being fat so I have to watch his calorie intake closely.
6/25/2013 6:48:49 PM
My Paint is such an easy keeper she's on a diet every year before competition season begins.
6/25/2013 6:46:18 PM
And it has helped so much-my guy is beautiful compared to the obese condition he came to me!!
6/25/2013 6:26:55 PM
Easy keeper Morgan. Took her off pasture, increased exercise, added supplements, reduced hay intake
6/25/2013 6:14:41 PM
We have Arabs so the answer is "oh my, yes."
6/25/2013 5:23:22 PM
low starch feed in less amt. and poor pasture with freechoice tifton 85 hay approx 12 hrs a day
6/25/2013 11:42:23 AM
never had a need to
6/25/2013 8:25:30 AM
Both of mine are hard keepers, so I have to work to keep weight on them.
6/25/2013 8:15:25 AM
6/25/2013 12:21:09 AM
Sore feet or possible lameness can sure put a damper on the exercise portion of the program !
6/24/2013 9:29:29 PM
necessary for my easy keepers when the grass is rich
6/24/2013 8:53:48 PM
6/24/2013 8:10:35 PM
My 2 mini donks each get 2lbs grass hay, soaked, twice a day, and walks around the neighborhood
6/24/2013 7:35:20 PM
My horses eat from small-mesh hay nets and live on a Paddock Paradise for increased movement
6/24/2013 7:25:04 PM
not for weight loss but metabolic concerns/issues
6/24/2013 6:44:09 PM
With Andalusian and ponies on a farm with good grass it's impossible for them NOT to be on a diet.
6/24/2013 6:07:29 PM
I put a grazzing muzzle on my mare every day during summer
6/24/2013 5:58:07 PM
Same feed, more exercise.
6/24/2013 5:56:58 PM
He was diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome and I needed to carefully watch his weight.
6/24/2013 5:44:12 PM
my horse is 1300 lbs and I hardly feed her (no pasture either)
6/24/2013 5:40:09 PM
Poor guy--his hobby is eating. Lots more exercise and the dreaded grazing muzzle.
6/24/2013 5:14:41 PM
One horse keeps weight perfectly, but adjust for activity. One 33 year old hard to keep weight on.
6/24/2013 4:44:00 PM
I have one on a diet now, Slow feeder hay net and weight controlled food, Grazing muzzle.
6/24/2013 4:05:45 PM
Lower hay consumption in the spring after cold weather before going out on pasture for the summer.
6/24/2013 12:52:10 PM
yes to local grass because of possible cushings -
6/24/2013 11:34:46 AM
Had an IR mare that developed laminitis - weight loss a matter of life or death! I did lose her tho.
6/24/2013 11:07:07 AM
The trainer restricted hay but feed more grain.
6/24/2013 10:05:56 AM
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