Overweight with horses and ponies

Overweight with horses & ponies.
Just like humans, being overweight is a growing problem. The sober horse and pony breeds in particular quickly suffer from obesity due to their efficient use of energy. Being overweight poses major health risks and it is therefore important to prevent being overweight in your horse or to ensure that your horse regains a healthy weight.

Is my horse too fat?
A horse or pony is too fat if the ribs are no longer easily felt with the flat hand. At a healthy weight the ribs are just not visible, but you can feel them well. In the case of more serious obesity, fat cushions are formed around the withers and tailset and fat is stored in the man's comb, which can therefore start to feel rather hard. A large belly size does not always mean that the horse is too fat or heavy. The abdominal circumference is largely determined by the intestinal filling (with roughage), the abdominal muscles and the build of the horse. A pony, for example, is naturally more abdominal than most horses.

Various causes of obesity:

  • Too energy-rich or too much concentrate
  • Grazing in a meadow with lots of fresh grass
  • Roughage with a high energy value
  • A lack of movement Metabolic problems, such as insulin resistance.

Overweight with horses & ponies.
Just like humans, being overweight is a growing problem. The sober horse and pony breeds in particular quickly suffer from obesity due to their efficient use of energy. Being overweight poses major health risks and it is therefore important to prevent being overweight in your horse or to ensure that your horse regains a healthy weight.

Is my horse too fat?
A horse or pony is too fat if the ribs are no longer easily felt with the flat hand. At a healthy weight the ribs are just not visible, but you can feel them well. In the case of more serious obesity, fat cushions are formed around the withers and tailset and fat is stored in the man's comb, which can therefore start to feel rather hard. A large belly size does not always mean that the horse is too fat or heavy. The abdominal circumference is largely determined by the intestinal filling (with roughage), the abdominal muscles and the build of the horse. A pony, for example, is naturally more abdominal than most horses.

Various causes of obesity:

  • Too energy-rich or too much concentrate
  • Grazing in a meadow with lots of fresh grass
  • Roughage with a high energy value
  • A lack of movement Metabolic problems, such as insulin resistance.
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