My gelding needs to loose weight!

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  1. WesternRider22

    WesternRider22 Full Member

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    (Lightning) my 10 year old palomino seems to have gained a lot of weight since I bought him 7 months ago. He looked really good when I first got him and he had not been ridden in 3-4 years.
    Now he seems to be getting fatter everyday. I ride him about 4-5 times a week in the arena for maybe 40 mins walking, trotting, cantering etc. He grazes on 6-7 acre pasture whenever I'm not doing something with him but I don't really have anywhere else to keep him.
    Today I really worked him hard galloping through my fields, cantering up hills, trotting and loping circles etc.
    The first and third pictures are him now. The second and forth are when I first got him.

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  2. RG NIGHT HEIR

    RG NIGHT HEIR Senior Member

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    Well he was a bit under weight when you got him.
    Put a grazing muzzle on him,that will keep the calories down .What do you feed him?
     
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    Good idea! I didn't think of that. I have been giving him just hay since the grass is starting to die here. No grain or anything.
     
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    But do you definitely think he needs to loose some weight?
     
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    How long should I keep a grazing muzzle on him?
     
  6. RG NIGHT HEIR

    RG NIGHT HEIR Senior Member

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    Yup he looks overweight too me.
    What kind of hay are you feeding?
     
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    jojozwiebel Full Member

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    Cut back on hay and keep exercising. Long trotting will help.
     
  8. RG NIGHT HEIR

    RG NIGHT HEIR Senior Member

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    I wouldn't necessarily cut back on the hay but feed a different hay if you feed alfalfa.
    The gazing muzzle will be very important once new grass is growing. My gelding is in full training and is on Bermuda only.He was too fat with just one flake of Alfalfa ( with Bermuda) and wouldn't lose any weight until it was taken off his diet.
    He is perfect now.
     
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    turnnburnlynx Senior Member

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    Maybe it's the angle of the pictures, I dont necessarily think hes "fat" , maybe jas a few extra pounds. Do you know how much hay he is getting ? If he has access to the pasture, I would cut back to 1.5% of his body weight in hay. I would also cut out any grain, but put him on a ration balance
     
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  10. WesternRider22

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    I'm just giving him tractor supply hay. And not even everyday.
     

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