Originally Posted by cowgirllinda1952
This is a single mother of 4 who has NO horse experience at all, got her tax refund, saw the horse for sale, bought her, and went to the flea market for the tack. She bought her because she lets her kids ride her. Had she have mentioned wanting a horse, my daughter or myself would have offered to help, we're giving all the advise we can. She's on pasture, MD Super Horse Plus, and corn oil. Her feet have been done, and she acted as if she;d never been trimmed before.
Corn oil?...Okay I don't get like this too often, but seriously the only advice I'd be giving your friend is how to sell the horse to a good family.
I have no idea what the breed of the horse is from the terrible condition. Why does the saddle rise up? Well one the horse's weight (obviously) and a second reason would be because it doesn't fit the horse.
The saddle's weight along with the rider's is on the horse's shoulders, probably pinching him, and that is very uncomfortable. Most likely because since they bought the saddle from the flea market, its a piss-poor fit and even worse when the horse is in the condition it is in now.
I'm also looking at the horse's, "pasture." I'm assuming the front lawn is the horse's pasture because I'm seeing manure and a pitch fork. That is NOT a horse safety pasture. I'm very sorry if I'm coming along as rude, I try my best not to, but just because your friend, "Always wanted a horse," doesn't mean she should just go out and buy one. Especially if she has no experience with horses because in the end, its the horse that suffers because of human error.
I'm also going to say a tax refund isn't going to support a horse. I would honestly just ask your friend to sell the horse. This horse needs a better condition to live in, etc. I know your trying to be a good friend and give all the advice you can, but with horses in the condition this one is in its better to sell the horse to someone who knows what they're doing.
ETA: I'm also really interested in the horse's back fetlocks...Why do they look so swollen, at least the back left? It almost looks like he has zero pastern.