There is no denying that little Fivla is a heffalump and this is not good for her health. I am worried.
I thought the Fat Fighters Field would be enough but, in retrospect, I think more drastic action is needed.
So, with Waffle as her companion in the fight against flab, Fivla said goodbye to her friends and came home.
They live in a stable with a small soaked haynet for company.
This is severe horse dieting is a severe learning curve for me.
Fivla has a three times a day fitness routine. She can walk energetically or trot around the outside of the indoor school.
Waffle was unimpressed.
There was no motivation so Floss motivated. Waffle looked into that bucket every time he went round. It is there to collect dripping rainwater. The contents never once changed into chocolate cake.
This is a necessity. It may appear unkind but if it saves Fivla’s health, then it is essential we all stick to this. Waffle will not stay long. He will be swapped out for the next fatty after a few days.
Fivla has never been this fat. The cresty neck looks horrid and has to go. I am scouring the internet looking for information. Apparently I need to feed her 1.5% ideal bodyweight in soaked hay. Does anyone have any idea what her ideal bodyweight would be? She is 36″.
I may be wrong, and please correct me if I am, but this evening we have put Fivla and Waffle out for an hour in the starvation paddock so they can have some fresh air and a little grass.
I can’t decide if Fivla is lame or just poddling. She is the same on both reins. First I think it is her front left and then when she changes direction, it looks like her front right. She doesn’t find it difficult to walk and happily walks and trots around the school (unlike Waffle who grumbled every inch).
What to do. All advice and suggestions gratefully received.