He's the exact opposite. He was on just pasture for years, apparently (finally talked to his old owner today) and looked healthy, but she decided that was mean ("I don't believe in just pasture feeding, I think horses need feed") and started giving him 2 cups of sweet feed, when she was feeding him herself (at the first 2 places). Dave's been feeding him 1 cup of sweet feed and 2 flakes of hay... and he's not a skinny boy.
You can't feel most of his ribs, aside from one that he apparently broke when he was younger, and juts out a bit. And his armpits... it's like sticking your hand in a sweaty, leathery bowl of jello, haha.
From what I gather, he was born on someone's farm, and stayed there until he was weaned; his father was a morgan, mother a shire, I'm not sure if the breeding was intentional or not. He was then sold to the Amish, broken to ride and drive (they apparently used him as a buggy horse and to plow fields), before being sold to her sometime last year (she's had him a little over a year). She paid $1000 for him.
He's only been ridden 5-6 times (counting my ride) in that year, and has spent most of that time in a 10x12 stall, aside from those rides and when his stall his being cleaned. She rode him only once in the last 6 months, and then fell off him (as I said before) and decided he was unbroke and dangerous.
HOW she fell off him I have no clue! He's like riding a giant sofa, goes slow and was letting me goof off in the saddle (I was using a saddle that we were given... I use it the first time riding all of them, in case they freak out and it ends up broken. It's only a 14 inch seat, with a high back and wonky stirups, and it's horribly uncomfortable; I ended up getting out of the stirups and sitting a bit too high in the seat for my comfort).
Getting on him though, oh God. If I ever use him for light trail riding, it'll be embarrassing, because I'll need to carry a bucket around with me to get on him!
I've also learned that he's had his name changed multiple times in the past (Cleveland, Patrick, Elvis, Sampson), so I didn't feel too bad changing his name to Bruce.