I currently have two rescues. This mare is 16 years old, she is a Kentucky Saddlebred, and was an Amish Buggy horse her whole life. She had a minor shoe and hoof issue that led to them selling her to slaughter and was literally saved while being led onto to truck. That was about 9 months ago. I've had her around 5 months or less.
This photo is a few months after I brought her to our farm
And this was a few days ago.
My husband and I go back and forth with thinking she looks improved and heavier and thinking it is just wishful thinking. Does she look improved from these photos? She had not shed out on the first photo, so there is some hair hiding the severe way her ribs stuck out in that photo.
We feed her senior feed, she is out in the pasture, plus hay, and I've added beat pulp, calf manna and weight gainer, with no effect to her weight really, and she is picky about the feed to being with. She doesn't want liquid added to the feed. I suppose it might just be a slow, slow process considering she is 16 years old. Her teeth have been done right before I got her and she doesn't loose any feed when eating, but I might have a my girl we use come out and check anyway.
Any opinions or will it just take time or is her age and ill treatment going to keep her on the thin side either way?