Poll

Equine Weight Management

Is managing your horse's weight a challenge?

Yes, my horse is an easy keeper and gains weight easily.
48%
277
Yes, my horse is a hard keeper and can easily become too thin.
20%
115
No, my horse's weight is just right.
27%
153
Other (please explain)
5%
31

Total votes cast: 576

Comments & Write-in Answers

One easy keeper, one hard keeper and one in the middle.

4/17/2017 7:54:53 PM

Older horse who I'm having a hard time keeping weight on

4/17/2017 7:49:04 PM

EMS horse, bout of laminitis last fall, have to be very careful

4/17/2017 7:20:36 PM

Choice of Grain that is pellet need oil add nothing will stick to it. When you got to add medicine t

4/17/2017 6:22:41 PM

Four are easy keepers but one is a hard keeper. Lots of good hay and Tribute Kalm Ultra help.

4/17/2017 5:21:59 PM

He is a 17+ hand thoroughbred who lives on good pasture pretty much 24/7 worked 5 days a week

4/17/2017 5:19:54 PM

yes, they WERE easy keepers, until their teeth fell out. (ages 24-46)

4/17/2017 5:13:36 PM

My mare is thin because she is EMS. Constant monitoring.

4/17/2017 12:44:11 PM

My pony has cushings and bouts of laminitis

4/17/2017 11:42:26 AM

My horse gets a little overweight during the sumer but with enough exercise it isn't a problem

4/17/2017 9:10:49 AM

Only one of the four just naturally keeps his weight in check, but he is four years old.

4/16/2017 6:05:35 PM

I have both types of horses

4/16/2017 5:56:06 PM

It fluctates so much! I don't know how. One month it

4/16/2017 5:47:36 PM

Actually I have an easy keeper and a hard keeper. I must separate them at feeding time 3 times a day

4/16/2017 12:08:02 PM

She should have been a Labrador!

4/16/2017 8:43:23 AM

my sports horse only has to look at a blade of grass and she blows up

4/15/2017 12:19:41 AM

I feed them too much

4/14/2017 3:46:05 PM

20-yr gldg lives outside W MT; increased attn to condition req'd as he ages.

4/14/2017 2:49:15 PM

Pudgy - over fed, under used

4/14/2017 12:17:32 PM

we have plenty of grazing area for our horses and rotate regularly

4/13/2017 7:59:29 PM

Yes it is for me. My horse is only a hard keeper in the winter though.

4/13/2017 4:12:58 PM

I have a combination of each type in my herd.

4/13/2017 1:59:36 PM

2 of the 3 are a bit heavy, the other manages to stay at a reasonable weight

4/13/2017 1:01:43 PM

I'm currently feeding 15+. I have 2 that are too thin and 2 that have to wear grazing muzzles.

4/13/2017 10:16:45 AM

Have one of each. It's a challenge when they are out together for grazing or hay.

4/13/2017 9:28:20 AM

we have several older horses with teeth issues, became picky eaters, metabolic, etc...

4/13/2017 8:09:00 AM

Controlling my two donkeys' weights is a big challenge.

4/13/2017 1:46:12 AM

I have one very easy and one very hard keeper, total opposites

4/12/2017 8:24:16 PM

I have all of the above, so some have to be feed separately to make sure they all keep well.

4/12/2017 7:41:27 PM

Run a retirement farm, the old guys sure can be challenging!

4/12/2017 6:16:59 PM

My horse is an air plant!

4/12/2017 5:30:11 PM

Yes. 1 slim ancient Arab, 1 fat Warlander, & 1 just right QH.

4/12/2017 5:11:18 PM

I have one that is metabolic and lives on air, another that eats everything and stays thin. A challe

4/12/2017 11:54:08 AM

Well managed but would gain weight if I didn't.

4/12/2017 10:23:36 AM

I feed according to her weight. If gaining I cut back, losing then I add.

4/12/2017 10:19:42 AM

I have 5 horses, cover all 3 categories. Hard keeper is 29, easy keeper the "youngster" at 15.

4/12/2017 7:30:19 AM

good doer in the summer, poor doer in the winter

4/12/2017 5:11:39 AM

Muzzles, bringing them in early through the spring, no grain are all part of my horses' day.

4/12/2017 2:02:30 AM

He loves to eat, but is picky about what he eats.

4/12/2017 12:38:58 AM

My own 3 horses (2 Arabs, 1 mini) are at good weights, my husband's QH is a picky eater & a bit thin

4/12/2017 12:18:43 AM

see can get fat when not exercised

4/11/2017 11:59:18 PM

All of the above, and they all live together! Exercise is the answer for my fatty, managing stress

4/11/2017 10:11:05 PM

all my animals are evaluated each month. which mean diet is modified to keep them healthy looking

4/11/2017 9:43:41 PM

With two easy keepers, it is a challenge.

4/11/2017 9:09:43 PM

Easy keeper = exercise, exercise, EXERCISE

4/11/2017 9:03:23 PM

Most vets say that easy keepers are rare and owners are simply overfeeding unbalanced diets.

4/11/2017 8:46:34 PM

I probably tend to overfeed a little because I would like my horses to have constant access to hay.

4/11/2017 8:46:14 PM

Gets weighed every 6 weeks at their shoeing appointment

4/11/2017 8:39:46 PM

Lots of turn out and free choice forage with a vit/min balancer helps to keep him trim now.

4/11/2017 7:32:26 PM

My horse is a plant and creates its own food

4/11/2017 4:35:33 PM

I have one of each, they're both a challenge but well within what I'm able to manage

4/11/2017 4:18:43 PM

I have 3 easy keepers & one hard keeper. Separate feeding=hard as they are out 24/7

4/11/2017 2:05:25 PM

My hard-keeper's weight is good now, but finding the right diet has been challenging.

4/11/2017 12:08:45 PM

Had a horse that was IR-diet was a challenge. Poor old guy is now grazing in heaven-miss him so much

4/11/2017 11:41:30 AM

My mare eats anything and everything, and it doesn't take much for her to gain weight.

4/11/2017 11:30:55 AM