Originally Posted by faye
Your mare is under weight and not carrying enough muscle.
Get some weight on her before you start working her to sort out her muscles.
OK, thank you. You've elaborated your opinion multiple times. This is not a matter of persuading me, and I assure you hammering the same point is not going to achieve that. I respect your opinion, and that of the professionals I have used that know both my mare's history and myself.
It's a bit painful to hear repetitive crit that she is "too skinny" to lift a hoof, because I mysef struggle with anorexia and for the past year spent most of my time more than 20 pounds underweight, regardless of the fatigue I cared for my horse and my farm every day, and all that entails, primarily alone. To suggest the horse I see gallavanting through the pasture responding sweetly as usual to requests is a mirror image of what I was is poignantly wrong, at least from my side of the fence. But again, I appreciate the effort it takes to elaborate an opinion and it won't darken my day as I just recently succeeded in gaining enough healthy weight to be only 5 pounds under. Both my horse and I are "too skinny" but certainly we are together not sickly as per knowledge of the professionals used and the experience we share. Just as well, it is not a ribbon I am after. The event itself and what it represents personally for the two of us is what I find worthy enough to pursue.
If you feel so passionately about my horse's nutrition, feel free to aid me by providing resources or references and I will gladly utilize them.