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Overweight horse, what to do?

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  • Summer Original Poster
    Topics Started: 9Replies Posted: 19

    So i have an American Paint Horse gelding who’s around 12.
    He loves to run really fast! He’s a bit high-strung sometimes!I use him for gaming.
    But he’s overweight and gets out of breath easily when galloping.
    He’s in pasture 24/7, and i don’t have stalls.
    What should i do?

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    Do you ride him regularly at slower speeds? If he were mine, I would monitor his diet and do a lot of walk/trot work to build his endurance. I am assuming that he is in good health except for the weight thing – if not, consult your vet.

    It is never the horse's fault

    Summer Original Poster
    Topics Started: 9Replies Posted: 19

    yeah, i ride him as much as i can and he has pretty good trot endurance. I just i have no way to moniter his diet..

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    I don’t quite understand that – if he gets grain and/or hay, you could cut back on those while the pasture is lush, and if he is getting too much pasture, you could use a grazing muzzle for at least part of the day.

    If he has good endurance at the trot, is it possible that the shortness of breath is due to an allergy or some other medical issue?

    It is never the horse's fault

    Summer Original Poster
    Topics Started: 9Replies Posted: 19

    he doesn’t get grain or hay

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    Shoots that idea right in the foot!

    It is never the horse's fault

    Mapale Mapale
    Topics Started: 4Replies Posted: 421

    Endurance is built with trotting and hill work. Walk/trot, walk/trot instead of running. Even race horses breathe hard after a while galloping, could be he needs more endurance work or less galloping. As to weight this time of year. IMHO, If you live where winters are cold and grazing is limited, a “little” extra weight is needed going into the winter. (Old-fashioned as I am). My horses always lose weight in winter. However if the body score is over 7, you run health risks like EMS, laminitis, and founder so I would limit time on pasture – try a dry lot for 12hrs each day. 12 years old is the prime of life, but at 15 an overweight horse has a greater risk of health issues – PPID for example.

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    Cowgirl4Christ Cowgirl4Christ
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    The farm I volunteer at uses grazing muzzles for their overweight horses. The one, a small Arab, was extremely fat..she looked pregnant. About a month after using muzzles on the overweight horses, they look absolutely AMAZING. Just the right weight and they are calmer.
    These 5 horses give lessons to about 23 kids each week, but usually at the walk/trot. They get grain everyday (unnecessarily in my opinion) and go out all night long.
    I would advise a muzzle. Just make sure it’s not too tight, or he will get sores, and not too loose that he can lose it. Check often to make sure its not rubbing him. And introduce it slowly, some horses can be silly about it.

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    Summer Original Poster
    Topics Started: 9Replies Posted: 19

    Thanks, we had thought about it, but we don’t live were the horses are and nobody would know if he got caught on something.

    riding for Christ riding for Christ
    Topics Started: 1Replies Posted: 118

    What we do with over weight horses is give them less time at night in the pasture. Because the grass at night has more sugar in it. But when they are going into winter they need the weight, as long as they don’t founder. And lunge or ride your horse for 30 min. more or less, every other day and the horses weight will go down and he will gain muscle.

    tabitha
    Topics Started: 0Replies Posted: 7

    you’ve had some very good input from everyone and have had similar reasons why they would not work for your particular situation does your horse have a thick creat? Some horses just get “fat on air “so to speak the only thing you can do to help your horse is to have a vet check him out and make sure he’s not hypersensitive to carbohydrates and sugars if you really care for your horse and want to continue gaming him ,do that and you may have to find an alternative to your horses current living conditions

    tabitha
    Topics Started: 0Replies Posted: 7

    Thick Crest

    Claudia
    Topics Started: 0Replies Posted: 6

    This lady has said it all. Listen to her Also your muszal should have a leather crown piece so if caught it will come off or break. If you can’t afford to keep your horse were it will be checked on at least daily and you can’t do it your self maybe you should think twice about having a horse. Make friends with other owners maybe you could trade checking on the horses with others.

    riding for Christ riding for Christ
    Topics Started: 1Replies Posted: 118

    Some horses may look fat but it may be water or air. Doing ground work will help get the weight (or air/water) down.

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