OP, don't worry, the improvement is exceedingly obvious
. He is moving a lot better post trim but he still does look a bit off. When the vet comes out to geld him, you might have him do a flexion test before you sedate just to see if there might be something to look at there. Then again, he may just be one of those horses that travels funky.
My brother had a horse years ago that he called Taco. Taco had a funky walk that made it look like he was mildly lame. Vet checks and chiro appointments and x-rays never came up with any reason for it. It never got better or worse, and it was only obvious at the walk. Jason rode Taco for years, used him in a feedlot, team roped on him, and finally sold him as a heading horse and Taco never took a truly lame step...he just traveled a bit funny *shrugs*.
Originally Posted by EquineGirl1965
As long as the horse is looked at prior to being sedated as some issues are only apparent when the horse is fully awake. What if there's some underlying reason for the horse being lean apart from a dental issue? What if there's additional problems with the legs from the lack of hoof care in the horse's past? If it were one of my horses, I'd want to find out sooner than later...but that's just me.
I'm not entirely sure why you're making such a big deal about this. She's had the horse for only a few days and he is
making progress with his weight. He was mildly neglected when she brought him home and he's still young and growing. Being a little ribby in that situation doesn't automatically mean that something major is wrong that she needs to spend hundreds on vet bills just to find out that he's fine but has been neglected and is still young....something that she already knew
If she'd had him for a few months
and he hadn't made any progress, then yes, I would suggest a vet, but for goodness sake, everyone knows that a thin horse isn't going to bulk up overnight