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Old 01-11-2009, 03:47 PM  
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Question hay belly??

Ok so my horse has a hay belly how do I get rid of it? Keep in mine that I ride outside in all types of weather. Im putting her on ration plus also and she gets wormed to.
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Old 01-11-2009, 04:30 PM  
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Uncontrolled access to hay often results in big tummies. But not all of us can feed 3 x daily either.
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Old 01-11-2009, 04:49 PM  
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I thought our pony, Cricket had a hay belly, or wormy belly, or something else going on, even had her pregnancy checked, and the vet suggested adding more protein to her diet, and it has sleeked her right down, she looks great now!
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Old 01-11-2009, 05:08 PM  
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When the horses here got hay bellies we put them on a grain. It didn't fatten them just gave them the nutrients that were missing and in a matter of a couple of weeks the bellies were nice and proportioned to the rest of their bodies.
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Old 01-11-2009, 05:40 PM  
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When the horses here got hay bellies we put them on a grain. It didn't fatten them just gave them the nutrients that were missing and in a matter of a couple of weeks the bellies were nice and proportioned to the rest of their bodies.
she cant haddle grain.

is it true that they can get crussings from a hay belly??
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Old 01-11-2009, 07:35 PM  
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she cant haddle grain.

is it true that they can get crussings from a hay belly??

"crussings"?? or cushings??

What do you mean she can't handle grains?? Too hot on sweet feeds or all feeds meaning pelletted foods, high fat high fiber chunks and mixing your own grains WITHOUT the sugars??

Please clarify
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Old 01-11-2009, 07:49 PM  
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How old is this horse? weanling yearlings I find can get potty or haybellied looking quicker than a mature horse.Regular deworming & good balanced quality feed,regular excercise{not necessarily riding but alot of turnout } usually eliminates that.
How often are you deworming & what products.What is his/her current diet.
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I've observed some of the animals that we've had in the past trim out when some of the hay is replaced with beet pulp.My fat boy shapes up great on a oat/beet pulp combo with hay.I can't give him sweet feed or grain mixes with a lot of molasses because he gets really naughty and moody,but plain clean oats don't seem to affect him.
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Old 01-12-2009, 05:39 AM  
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I really do not believe in "hay bellies" 9 times out of 10 a big bloated belly is because the horse is lacking in protein. Especially young horses. Problem is people think they are fat so they cut their food back and the belly gets worse. My advice when you see a big belly is feed more and you will see the belly go away.

Also all "grains" are not equal. Try a balanced complete feed like Equine Jr or Equine Sr
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:01 AM  
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Crushings I mean.

The horse is 10.

She gets too hot when she is on grain.
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