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Old 27-09-2013, 06:56 PM   #11
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I fed my fatty maxisoy and supplements with some Lupins, maxisoy swells into a descent little feed so will keep him munching while the other horse eats.

I have the same issue with my horse and his paddock mate, my boy is on a laminitis diet, the other is not and he would boss by horse off his feed so mine would go eat the oats! The solution was so simple it was ridiculous, I ran a line of electric tape from the corner of the shed, probably about ten metres? Place a feeder one each side and feed both horses side by side where the tape starts, it actually works! The dominate horse sees the 'fence' and thinks 'damn there's a fence there!'
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Old 27-09-2013, 07:35 PM   #12
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My sympathies, I've got good doers and its hard to feed when you want to pump enough hay through them to combat sand colic, but see them blimping out.

A few things I do-

Feed meadow hay or other low nutrient roughage like straw or late cut hay.
All hay in slow feed net.
Nosebag feed, so individuals can't steal or lose their feed.
Distraction, put one out to feed around the corner while you brush or rug the other.
Feed the skinny one, and while waiting for it to finish, take the fat one for a walk or lunge, after which they get their daily quota of handful of chaff for supplements.
Exercise will help as well as reducing food intake or nutrient quality.
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Old 01-10-2013, 01:27 PM   #13
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I feed my mare who has had laminitis in the past so have to manage her carefully

Oaten hay at night which is soaked in water, a feed consisting of speedibeet, vit/min and then filled to the top of sweet chaff. she is in work 6 days a week and only goes out in the paddock for a couple of hours a day at the moment cause the feed is knee high.

I did some research on speedibeet and it recommends to feed a small amount before turning them out can help to neutralise the sugar content in the pasture which in turns can help to prevent things like laminitis etc.
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Old 03-10-2013, 03:53 PM   #14
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Some things i do, which is probably going to be repeated:

Soak hay if you dont have access to lower quality hay.
My fatty currently gets chaff, with his minerals and I use kindncool as a cheap "nothing" feed as a filler - even then he gets no more than a cup full per meal. I was using Hygain zero which my boy loves, but it got ridicously expensive down here.

In terms of feeding them something so you dont "feel sorry for them" - that used to be me.. but the way i look at it now is, i have to be realistic, they are animals, they rely on us to provide food, hell if we gave them sugar coated popcorn they would probably eat it (and their teeth would rot and fall out hahaha) but ultimately we have to put aside our humanistic feelings ie us feeling sorry for them, because ultimately if you have a obese horse, you could be causing all sorts of other problems and ultimately there is no one to blame for their obesity except us.

For me it means, i literally give him his feed an run (so to speak) so that i dont see his "sad face" at the fence if the other horses are still eating. It also means that i exercise him more, if i cant get out to ride him, I lunge him or i find someone who can do it for me if im away or cant make it for some reason. I make sure that if he is in a paddock with excess feed, its slashed where required, or its grazed well - it may mean sharing a paddock with cattle, sheep or other grazing animals if you are in that situation.

Our horses rely on us to keep them in shape, so its about commonsense, getting up earlier in the morning or going to bed later in the evening to fit it all in (or getting help). We choose to own/lease/borrow/bred these horses so as a responsible owner feeding is just a small part of the general care of the horse..

i think im ranting now! Sorry
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Old 08-10-2013, 07:28 AM   #15
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Thanks everyone

Dont worry I wouldnt let him get obese as I am very aware that is just as bad as being emaciated. It can be a fine line between looking healthy and being the right weight to being just a bit too fat (before the obese stage).

He has actually slimmed down a touch as his paddock buddy has changed who is alot more dominate over food. I also have him on lucerne chaff, hygain allrounder and hygain fibre essential (only small amounts) and he is looking awesome on this so far. He is back in work so that will help in the long run too.
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