Fionn and Odin are getting a tad bit chubby! They should get again to a wholesome weight asap! I would love them to be like this. This photograph was taken in Could 2022. Fionn (proper) appears a bit chubbier as a result of he has a special construct than Odin (left), who’s extra elegant.
I began to develop methods to train horses to supply motion in 2016, when Kyra obtained laminitis and was a 9 out of 9 on the physique rating index.
Kyra even obtained rain puddles on her again when it rained. But, I advised myself she was “OK”. In any case, she was (fats and) wholesome for the primary 8 years of her life… So, I postponed doing one thing about it. As a result of I simply didn’t know the way!
I began exercising her, however I obtained discouraged… I ended. I advised myself ‘It isn’t that dangerous…She’s a barok horse.”. I did what I may: gradual feeders and fewer meals at evening…
Exercising sufficient with constructive reinforcement was arduous. It “didn’t work” and I didn’t stored going with it. In hind sight I anticipated an excessive amount of, too quickly (‘lumping’) and give up. I want I had identified then what I do know now.
Little did I do know that EMS reveals itself between 9 and 12 years of age. She simply turned 9 and one month later… Laminitis! I received’t let that occur once more.
Fionn and Odin gained a little bit of weight in August and I’m doing the whole lot I discovered, with a purpose to reverse that. I’ll d get them again at a more healthy weight, earlier than it’s too late. I do know now how to do that with clicker coaching. I don’t have to fret about damaging the bond I constructed with each of them prior to now 10 months, since I obtained them.
Right here’s what I discovered coaching obese horses again to well being
- Laminitis will be prevented! And healed.
- Weight problems in horses will be managed (even when horses endure from illnesses like EMS)
- Most common weightless advise damages different elements of the welfare of the horse (like placing them in solitary confinement and/or on a crash food regimen that the vet suggested me for Kyra)
- You may get them wholesome and HAPPY whereas serving to them to shed weight with exercising and administration modifications
Most necessary of all:
What you need to do when your horse will get sick (laminitis) is simply briefly! I spent 2-3 hours, 7 days per week in the course of the first 6 – 8 weeks or so to get Kyra again to well being!
It’s necessary to understand that, whenever you’re in the same state of affairs: This isn’t endlessly! And… whenever you forestall your horse from getting sick, you’ll save numerous time, effort, cash and fear!
It’s important to put in an enormous period of time, effort and cash to nurse your horse again to well being as soon as he will get sick.
As soon as I obtained Kyra to a wholesome weight and laminitis free I may change again to my common quantity of spending time along with her. It was devastating to see her endure! The quantity of fear and sleepless nights (aside from the monetary burden of a sick horse ? ) is big!
Mini’s and laminitis
This time I’ll do something to stop this from taking place. Particularly as a result of I do know miniature horses/ponies are susceptible to EMS and laminitis.
I’ll preserve you posted with a few of my coaching. I’m so glad that I do know precisely what to do now and I don’t should look the opposite approach, till the vet would confront me with some dangerous information. I received’t let that occur once more!
Movies of Motion Coaching with Constructive Reinforcement
From the weblog R+ Motion Coaching for Obese Horses
Right here’s tips on how to begin. This doesn’t seem like something of the objective behaviour! In any case, that is not damaging reinforcement! Watch the second video of coaching day 4 to get the thought what it’ll seem like ultimately once we constructed period.
Fionn at coaching day 4: the goal is been pale out and my physique language is getting smaller and smaller already.
Be part of R+ (motion) Coaching for Obese Horses Program
Is your horse obese? Did the vet really useful: No extra treats!” or “Extra train” to get your horse in form? Be part of my R+ for Obese Horses program. We’ll deal with your largest wrestle in getting your horse to maneuver with constructive reinforcement. You possibly can solely be part of after a private dialog, so I can tailor this 2-week on-line teaching program in the direction of your horse, your state of affairs and your wants! You possibly can e book a name right here.
If you wish to get higher at issues like:
- Constructing period in exercising your horse with R+
- Getting your horse in form and shed weight with out a crash food regimen
- Creating enjoyable in motion coaching so that you don’t should preserve working alongside
That is for you. Take a look at the knowledge web page right here!
Sandra Poppema, BSc
Founding father of the HippoLogic Clicker Coaching Academy