Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Perth Australia
this all depends on the individual horse. as a general rule they are good to keep weight on. but some are just as bad for loosing it. any horse that gets ridden regularly needs more feed. what is the horses paddock like all year round? the cost of agistment/board. food on top. the size of the horse matters a lot! if the horse does loose weight, the cost of extra feed on top of that again.
i dont know what your level of riding is, but standies come with there own set of re-training issues. pacing and teaching them all over again how to balance themselves, do you have the know how to re-educate this horse? a standy that has never raced and has been under saddle it's whole life is a good choice.