Getting weight off

Angua2

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unbeliveably I have to get all the weight that I have battled to get on my TB mare off!!!!

She is going for surgery in a week or so ( dependant on what the insurance say) and her "consultant" says she has too much coverage, especially in the areas that he needs to go into.

Her diet has been baileys no 6, alpha a oil and sugar beet as her bucket feeds, adlib haylage and economy cubes in her ball. I have now dropped the sugar beet, and she is now on 1/2 a scoop of cubes with the scoop of alpha rather than the no 6.

I am now not sure what else to do... I am not keen on reducing the haylage but I could knock the bucket feeds on the head totally. I will point out that our summer fields are not yet open ( they open thi weekend coming) so she isn't out at grass yet

Arrg I thought getting weight on was bad enough, but getting weight off is even trickier
 

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i had to put one of mine on a drastic diet once. vet ordered her to have 2 flaps of hay per 24 hour period and NOTHING ELSE other than water. she was absolutely fine and the weight came off.
i wouldn't feed haylage to one i was trying to slim down, i'd feed hay, soaked for a long time if necessary to reduce calorific value.
 

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Little_flea..... I know it is crazy..... i don't think in reality it will be that hard it is just that this is the total opposite to what I am used to
 

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I would feed hay and soak it so you can still feed ad lib...
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I'd swap the Alfa A for Hifi Lite as Alfalfa is quite conditioning, (if you look at the Dengie website they have a scale on there of what one to use), and consider cutting back on the cubes to a mugful and feed a general purpose supp to ensure she is getting enough vits/mins or use a balancer like lo-cal instead of cubes.

the maths is simple to get them to drop weight- they just need to be burning off more calories than what they are consuming ie feed less work harder, it will take time as if they drop the weight too quickly it's not so good.
 

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Hifi lite and the lo- cal will be obtained tomorrow (payday) and then she really is on her diet. However, even just cutting down her feed and keeping her activity levels the same and removing her rugs have been enough for her to go Ribby in just a couple of days. On the upside at least I know that this is only for a short space of time
 
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