Corn oil does not have the correct omega 3/6 ratio that a horse needs. Yes, people have been using it for many years to add fat but a much much better choice would be vegetable or canola oil or even better flax oil (or plain ground flax seeds). It's like comparing a McDonalds burger to a homemade burger on the grill... It is calories, but it's not the best calories for her health. Corn oil promotes inflammation, so switching to a different fat supplement may help with her swollen rear legs. I would definitely push to have those checked out by a vet, it could be damaging tissue by allowing the inflammation to persist and continuing to ride her. Have her teeth been checked and floated if needed? Dewormed? Age?
Not the best scenario to hear a horse in, but seems like its better than her last home. I just hope the owner has enough common sense to know when the financial responsibility is going to be too much before it actually gets to be, and choose to sell or give away before that point. It would be sad to see the horse start to go downhill again when winter comes and most if not all of the feed will need to be bought. Keeping horses in the summer is *fairly* easy as far as feed since the grass is growing, but come winter, then what?
I will agree with belgian or belgian cross, it's very hard to give an accurate conformation critique based on these pictures, all I see is a very skinny horse with swollen hind fetlocks and a big drafty bone structure.
Last edited by Blue Smoke; 06-17-2013 at 12:27 AM.