Been reading a lot about “pot” bellied horses, but haven’t come close to finding what my situation is like. My horse is 16.2 hh, 1100, so a good weight. I got him a month ago and ever since then he has developed a hay belly.
Most things I’ve read said that I need to exercise him or feed him better storage, ect. His previous owner did not ride him and he fed him the cheapest food available and did not have a hay belly.
I, however, have since changed his food to a higher quality and exercise him daily. He has developed muscle, and has also developed the belly as well!
He came from a wooded pasture with little to no grass, so maybe the change from no grass to pasture with grass did it. Only thing I can think of that is left is a grazing muzzle, but I would like to drop that out of the picture if I can.
Here are some pictures if that’ll help!
When I first tried him: