Obesity, in horses and ponies is a growing and largely underreported equine welfare issue which is leading to many serious health problems.
"Prevention is better than cure and that managing weight loss involves more than just reducing energy intake — horses need the right quality protein, vitamin and mineral support. Any weight loss programmes also must consider that horses are trickle feeders and cannot be left for long periods without forage.” Dr Pat Harris
Good pasture management includes poo-picking, worm counts to minimise chemicals, and ragwort/weed removal. But also treat your soil and pasture as the incredible resource it is for horses and the environment… whether you are producing hay to steam, or aiming for healthy grazing.