I just want to say that sometimes it is not an excuse but a real reason. If you have no place to safely hand walk then you truly can not hand walk. It has nothing to do with not loving your horse.
We have ice everywhere here and walking to the buildings is a life threatening experience just being by myself! If the horses are out 24/7 they will get exercise, especially if they are not standing in front of a round bale.
How can you not have a safe place to walk a horse? Does your horse have no pasture? If they can walk around safe, so can you...? Sorry - I'm not trying to be rude but I did not envision this as a possible response.
Some places are a bare sheet of ice and depending on which way the wind blew, next to that sheet of ice is a 3 foot deep snow drift. This is in their pasture! They know the areas they want to go on and I see them moving around, but carefully.
LOL so you can see where Kit gets her size from...This is Kit with her mom in some place West Virginia before I bought her 2 years later and had her shipped to New England way back when. Holy smoke she is 14 this year.
Why not wait until warmer weather and get her slimmed down then with more exercise ( by riding) and a muzzle if needed? I would really be afraid of her not getting the hay she needs and not wanting to drink with that muzzle on. She just isn't that heavy from what I can see. Her mom looks like a big boned girl and in the last picture she looks fine and I wouldn't want her any thinner than that.
She's gotten heavier since 2011. The thought of her foundering is enough for her to need to lose weight. I just need to get her to slim down some. I obviously know to cut back on her hay and give her more exercise, I just didn't know if there was anything else I could be doing for her...
Missouri Fox Trotters-To ride one is to own one
Standardbreds, so much more then a harness racing horse.
GFAG, that first picture is just so wonderful to look at! He looks so happy and relaxed, your form looks so correct and relaxed too. Everything just fits. I know this isn't a photo equitation show, but I love how you sit him. All of your equipment is gorgeous, and it all just goes together seamlessly.
You have inspired me. I am going to go saddle up Luna now.
Originally Posted by dizzywriter
My saddle fits perfectly well. It might be a little tight around the waist, but I take care of that with those spandex things.
I'm not going to starve her to death, I just want her to lose some weight as I don't want a fat horse for obvious reasons. She isn't so grossly over weight that she has a cresty neck and fat pads etc. She mostly has a fat stomach.
Are you sure she is really fat, or does she just have well-sprung ribs and a bit of a hay belly? Can you feel her ribs? I ask because I have a QH gelding that people think is really overweight, when he isn't overweight at all. He tends to have a bit of a bloated belly and looks bit in the barrel.
As Peter, Paul, and Mary say, a dragon lives forever.