Wildey is a 15yo Arab gelding. I've owned him since he was 5. He has always been a good doer but has never been obese as he has been ridden regularly or on lower quality pasture. He has always held topline well even when not in work.
Last year I lent him to an RDA centre - he came back obese and at big risk of founder. He was put in a muzzle 24/7 and wegot him back to a nice weight, but still not thin. However we could feel his ribs for the first time. However after having the muzzle on for a month or so he dropped a lot of topline through his back. Once the muzzle came off for winter he stayed a good weight until this spring when he started getting fat again. I put his muzzle on yesterday. However he hasn't gotten fat all over like he used to, rather a big pot belly that distends out to the sides and down - you can still easily feel his ribs just below where the saddle would sit. He isn't very cresty and has minimal fat around his tail head - so on the Heineke scale he is hardly fat!
He has been in light work, mostly trails and not much correct flatwork until recently.
He has been wormed regularly and just switched onto a paddock that had only run sheep for a few months.
Is his shape changing because he is getting older? Is he as fat as I think or could it be something else? Something to be worried about?
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