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Calorie Burning

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We have tried to pay better attention to controlling how much food the horses get daily, ever since our last vet visit revealed they still need to lose more weight. It’s not as easy now as it is in the winter, when the only food they get is what we give them. Now there is more than enough grazing available, unless we lock them in the barn.

I’m not going to do that. It creates way too much mess for me to clean up. Early last week we had a cool day with wind and rain that set the herd to shivering. We put them inside overnight to dry off. Next day, since I was out of the routine of cleaning the stalls, I forgot all about it. Then I forgot the day after that.  When I finally got around to it, the weather had warmed considerably and the humidity had climbed. It was nasty ripe inside the barn.

It gave me new appreciation for all the times I have had to do that chore in frozen winter temperatures. It’s much less stinky.

Back to controlling their food… our herd leader, Legacy, is rather persistent about asserting his authority over the others by way of moving them off their feed pan. If I put less out for him, he just finishes it quick and moves on to the next pan, forcing off anyone who happened to be there.

IMG_iP0794eSince he seems to always get the most food, we’ve decided to balance that by getting him the most exercise in hopes of compensating. Sunday afternoon, Cyndie led Legacy to our arena space to do some longeing exercises. He is funny because it is quickly obvious that he knows the drill, and even seems to light up and enjoy proudly prancing around, but after barely finishing one circle he stops and turns toward Cyndie as if to say, “I’m done! That was great. How’d I do? Where’s my treat?”

In fairness to both of them, he and Cyndie are out of practice and it was distractingly windy. Also, the surface was wet and thus a bit slippery. She restarted him a few times, but eventually cut the session short, for his sake and hers.

Yesterday, I was walking Delilah and when we popped out of the woods, we found three of the horses on the ground, napping. It took them a bit to become aware of us, and after they did, the two chestnuts decided to get up. Our exercise-needing herd leader did not. He decided to stay on the ground.

He doesn’t seem very fired up about burning any extra calories.

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Written by johnwhays

May 19, 2015 at 6:00 am

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  1. So what is an inexpensive solution to setting up some sort of sound system to inspire horse and human in the round pen? We are in the same predicament:-) P.S. Also, at the moment, in the process of the cedar tree solution you suggested

    Ian Rowcliffe

    May 19, 2015 at 7:51 am

    • Legacy probably just wants a carrot hung out front of him for inspiration.
      What fun to know you are trying something with the cedar. I hope it works out!

      johnwhays

      May 19, 2015 at 8:07 pm


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