Hi everyone. Meet my new 10 year old thoroughbred mare Lady! She is 16.1-2 HH she's an ex racer she is a little thin so I've upped her feedings and starting working her out more. I actually got her to trot! Well no choice she just wanted to go go go!! ( retraining her she's a little green ) my fiance and I went out riding today finally was able to get her out of the stable and go riding out in the fields. His phone wont send pictures so I have a few photos of her and a few videos. Also have my fiance on a quarter horse also while out on the trail :) ENJOY!!!!
Waiting for her boyfriend to come down the path
My fiancee on the quarter horse
Heres the video of her being impatient waiting for her boyfriend!
And the video of her getting warmed up
She is definitely at a weight where I would not be riding her. She needs to be using her calories to build fat, not be ridden. As well as that, the saddle will not fit her when she is that skinny - with her spine exposed like that without fat and muscle built up around it, you are risking doing injury to her back.
You may not like what I have to say.. but here goes.
She is actually a pretty nice horse from what I can see. Nice reachy strides and so forth BUT she is too thin to be ridden and worked. She looks the type who may "worry" the weight off looking for stablemates and so forth. She also may have ulcers and that needs to be checked for and/or treated.
She has VERY pronounced withers.. fitting a saddle to this horse when she is filled out is going to be a challenge. Most horses like this end up in a cut back English saddle so the spinal processes defining the withers do not end up bruised. Riding her now without adequate muscle and/or fat can bruise the processes along her entire back (as noted above). Bone bruises take a LONG time to recover and can recover with arthritic bone spurs developing in response to the inflammation.
She also needs to have her feet done. Thoroughbreds do not have a lot of hoof. They typically need to be shod all the way 'round or they end up with nothing to nail a shoe too.. and they will abscess because they sole bruise so easily.
With weight I could see this horse doing something over fences (might make a very nice 3 foot horse) or even doing a bit of dressage. She has a nice shoulder. It is very hard to judge her top line as thin as she is (and from these photos).
The "go go go" thing is from the track. She is green for sure.
Thanks everyone. I told the person at the stables that I need her to gain some weight. Also I asked him if he can put her "boyfriend" in the pen with her so she doesnt stress to much without him. She was checked for ulcers and treated for them 2 years ago. She was out in the back of the stables with a few other horses and I don't think he fed them as much.. as they say out of sight out of mind! Because her boyfriend is thin also. I don't ride her long either. I've been saddling her up and walking her around most of the time. She needs some work. And yes she is very green I gotta retrain her all over again it seems like. Thank you everyone. Im hoping once she fills out more from weight gain that I can fit a western saddle on her. Im not an english rider.. never even seen a saddle like that in person.. so... ill be going out to the stables on tuesday to take more photos. She will be getting her teeth floated and she will be getting shoes on also
I agree. I would stay off her back, put her on a good feed regiment. She likely needs to be wormed and as Elana said, possible ulcers. You can certainly be working on your bond and some easy ground work until she gains weight.
I think she will be quite lovely with some more weight on her. Your patience now will be worth it in the long run.