Tips to manage overweight horses?
So I am trying to plan ahead for the summer, last year my mare got way too round when she was turned out on grass during the day and in a stall at night with one flake of hay. I wanted to put a grazing muzzle on her but I could never find one I felt comfortable turning her out in, I was too scared she would get stuck and the only muzzles I could find around here were all nylon. Are there any type of breakaway grazing muzzles out there? Surely I can't be the only person ever concerned about this? Lol :winkgrin:
Also, how about these small mesh hay nets? I don't particularly want my horses eating with their heads up all day but it seems horses with shoes can't have them put down low, anyone come up with any solutions to this problem? Is there a slow feeder out there that is on the ground that shod horses can use?
Any other secrets to managing the chubbies? Horse was only getting a ration balancer, hay is 50/50 grass alfalfa which is all I can find around my area that isn't poor quality. Would get ridden 5-6 days a week, jumping 2-3 times a week (small amount of jumps over a couple days) up to 4'. Has never been at what I would consider an ideal fitness level for a horse working at that level.