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I'm an Easy Keeper

Thursday, September 08, 2011

If you own a horse that gets fat on hay, that doesn't need supplementation with grain, you call that horse an "easy keeper." Horsemen and women love to own an easy keeper--you may have to exercise the horse more, but you save lots of money on extra feed.

We have always owned "hard keepers." Our horses always seem to need some sort of messy, expensive, time-consuming supplementation. We've done soaked alfalfa cubes, soaked beet pulp, high fat sweet feed, tubs of vegetable oil, etc. And still we are counting ribs, worrying about teeth and making extra trips to the barn for supplemental feedings. Our horses have super-charged metabolisms.

Sadly, I do not. I am an "easy keeper." I can manage to put on weight with the least amount of groceries. Sparkpeople keeps giving me red messages saying I am not eating enough calories for the amount of exercise I am doing, yet I am not losing weight. Don't get me wrong, I don't want to lose any more, I just want to maintain. But it would be nice to be able to eat a little more. Just not beet pulp.
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    Being a city girl, I have also never heard the phrase "easy keeper" but it aptly applies to me too!

    I know it's hard to do but try increasing your calories for a couple weeks. If you aren't eating enough, your body will hold on to every calorie and be in starvation mode which really slows down your metabolism. I've read so many other SP friends that have had to increase their food intake to lose or maintain. What a problem! One I won't have for a while yet.
    3456 days ago
    Haha! I love your perspective. I have never raised horses and didn't even think about this fact. I can honestly say I am an easy keeper too!

    3456 days ago
    Tubs of vegetable oil don't sound all that yummy, either.

    3456 days ago
    Really nice blog...I can really appreciate it as I am also an Easy Keeper...love that term!!!!
    3456 days ago
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