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Mzbradford
Reg. Jun 2015
Posted 2018-12-04 8:58 AM (#7415397)
Subject: Winter Weight- Older Horse



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I have an older mare that is turned out 24/7, gets 2 flakes alfalfa, and free choice bermuda round bales. She is retired and is very over weight. I really want to get some of her weight off because it is way too much for her to be carrying. But I am concerned about keeping her off the pasture during the day or night due to the temperatures. It is 30-40 during the day and 20's at night. Should I dry lot her with alfalfa during the day? Or try a grazing muzzle?
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fulltiltfilly
Reg. Dec 2008
Posted 2018-12-04 9:10 AM (#7415399 - in reply to #7415397)
Subject: RE: Winter Weight- Older Horse



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Unless its absolutely needed, as in she's a hard keeper, I would stop giving the alfalfa and maybe limit her time at the round bale. My 26 yr old retired gelding still gets fat on air. I try to be careful he doesn't get too fat.  
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Mzbradford
Reg. Jun 2015
Posted 2018-12-04 9:17 AM (#7415402 - in reply to #7415399)
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fulltiltfilly - 2018-12-04 9:10 AM

Unless its absolutely needed, as in she's a hard keeper, I would stop giving the alfalfa and maybe limit her time at the round bale. My 26 yr old retired gelding still gets fat on air. I try to be careful he doesn't get too fat.  

There is no way to limit her time on the round bale unless she is in a dry lot. That is my issue, there are two other horses pastured with her that need the bale.
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fulltiltfilly
Reg. Dec 2008
Posted 2018-12-04 9:20 AM (#7415404 - in reply to #7415402)
Subject: RE: Winter Weight- Older Horse



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Mzbradford - 2018-12-04 10:17 AM
fulltiltfilly - 2018-12-04 9:10 AM Unless its absolutely needed, as in she's a hard keeper, I would stop giving the alfalfa and maybe limit her time at the round bale. My 26 yr old retired gelding still gets fat on air. I try to be careful he doesn't get too fat.  
There is no way to limit her time on the round bale unless she is in a dry lot. That is my issue, there are two other horses pastured with her that need the bale.

How overweight is she? I'd be concerned she will founder or end up with metabolic issues. Sounds like you should dry lot her to limit intake. I wouldn't do a grazing muzzle on a round bale.  
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Southtxponygirl
Reg. Nov 2006
Posted 2018-12-04 10:32 AM (#7415414 - in reply to #7415397)
Subject: RE: Winter Weight- Older Horse



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How old is she? I would cut out the alfalfa and see how she gos from there. Alfalfa can really plump a horse up.
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Frodo
Reg. Jul 2004
Posted 2018-12-05 12:33 PM (#7415520 - in reply to #7415414)
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Southtxponygirl - 2018-12-04 10:32 AM How old is she? I would cut out the alfalfa and see how she gos from there. Alfalfa can really plump a horse up.

I agree.  I have a 25-year-old that gets senior variety grain twice a day and brome hay.  He looks and feel great.  He does have free grass picking but it doesn't help much this time of the year.

I lost my little Blondy's Dude years ago from overfeeding.  Fat is not beautiful even though at the time I thought it was.  He foundered and it was entirely my fault. 
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MidWest1452
Reg. May 2013
Posted 2018-12-05 1:04 PM (#7415527 - in reply to #7415397)
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Can you add some exercise? Even just free lunge in the arena just to burn some calories. Make sure she is comfortable and is moving plenty on her own. 

I have a plump 26 year old gelding. He gets 1lb of ration balancer and herbs to keep his joints feeling good. He is a little overweight but we are going into winter here in and I prefer him where he is at so that I don't have to worry about him all winter being cold or having to blanket. 

If she has metabolic issues you coud look at thyro-l to help her drop some weight but management is key after using it.


 
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