Sometimes we're not the only ones that eat a little too much for Thanksgiving dinner.
Maintaining your horse's weight is a vital part of keeping her happy and healthy.
Most horses' natural instinct is to store as much energy as possible, so keeping
the weight off truly comes down to you. Here are 4 expert tips to dealing with
an overweight horse.
1. It's All Math
If your horse is gaining weight, it's because the amount of calories they
are consuming is more than the amount of calories they are burning (with the
exception of certain medical conditions).
2. Diet And Exercise
Putting your horse on a diet alone won't matter if they're not exercising.
Likewise, a horse that's doing a lot of exercise but eats even more calories
won't lose weight either. It's important to have a healthy combination of both
diet and exercise.
It doesn't matter what special diet you're feeding your horse if she's overweight
and grazing in a pasture all day, you should consider implementing restricted
grazing or the use of a grazing muzzle.
4. Don't Feed High-Fat Supplements
Vegetable oil, flaxseed and rice brans are all incredibly high in fat and
calories. If your horse is overweight consider replacing these feeds with Timothy
Grass or Premium Orchard Grass.
Keeping your horse healthy is a lot easier with the right type of feed. Check out
these two premium western forage products perfect for overweight horses.