Eating too little stall can cause fat loss

No more fat: this is how pug horses become fit and slim

The fattest horse that feed consultant Conny Röhm has ever seen was a Hucul pony that a woman had been given by a farmer when she bought cattle. Neither the muzzle nor the hay net changed the condition of the animal. “In the end, however, it was very easy to slim down the horse,” recalls the equine scientist. In keeping with what Hutsuls are actually bred for, she sent it on a trail ride with the family. With luggage, without concentrated feed, only with pasture grass and mineral feed as a march ration. “For the first time in his life it was ideal weight. And it was just as happy and motivated on the last day of the trip as it was on the first. "

This story already contains the most important information about obesity in horses: In their natural habitat, free-living horses move forward grazing for up to 16 hours a day and cover around 30 kilometers in the process. The barren steppe grass they ingest has few nutrients and a high crude fiber content. Our thick pony, on the other hand, was kept with beef cattle on European high-performance pastures. It probably didn't have to go far to eat up properly. And because ponies are generally smart, they quickly learned to push their muzzles deep into the meadow in order to get to the particularly fat undergrass. What it seldom or never did: carry and pull - the things that Hutsuls were originally thought for in the Carpathian Mountains.

Conny Röhm describes in her book "Purzel speckt ab" the classic ways to obesity: "Misjudgment of the horse, suboptimal posture, lack of movement, overfeeding, training errors and changes in eating behavior". In order to successfully usher in a horse diet, the owner must first be clear about why the animal has become so fat in the first place - and eliminate these factors. Misjudgments are mostly based on the fact that one does not trust one's fat Haflinger to canter uphill or is of the opinion that a Shetland pony cannot keep up when riding out. In fact, most horses and ponies are able to do a lot more than one would expect them to do out of false consideration. Incorrect posture, for example constantly standing in a box or in an open stable with little incentive to move, is just as fattening as lack of movement by the rider. If you then feed too much or too energetically, overfat is programmed.