Originally Posted by HowClever
It should not take 2 and a half years to bring a horse back from starvation. Especially when the horse still looks like an RSPCA case!
It took me 6 months to get my boy from a 2 to a 4.5. It is unacceptable for that mare to look like that still 2 and a half years later.
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I agree with you here that it should not take so long to get a horses weight where it needs to be but you have to look at it in different ways.
When I first saw the pictures I was VERY worried myself until later learning more about the horse (age and back story) and these things have to be factored into the issue.
When can sit here and judge and say how she should be "fatter" but it seems to me (and I could be wrong) that she is doing the things that need to be done to get the mare where is needs to be. You and I may not agree with the ways she is doing it but she is trying and is consulting with a vet. Sadly these days alot of vets are not worth anything and so many people "try" but in the end do more harm then if the horse was just left alone, but who are we to judge on any of that.
I think the horse looks good for her age and back story.
Although you say above that it only took you 6 months to get your horses weight up, all horses are different, all horses gain and loose weight differently, what works for one does not work for another, and age also plays a big role.
Yes, I do think she needs to put on some more lbs and in time that should happen, if healthy enough to. Alot of vets will tell you that in some cases it is best to manage the weight gain, not too much too soon, and just because the horse may "look" healthy or "look" unhealthy does not mean either are true. Do not get me wrong I love a BEEFY horse but many would say mine are all over weight.