He is a Clydesdale (we assume) cross. He is 8 yrs old.
His owner just left him with her mother, stopping buying feed for him and the woman was unable to keep him up on her limited income.
So, we went and got him. His name is Big John - which I think will suit him once he is bulked up!
He is totally child safe and my older son loved him, so he should make a great beginner horse for him once he is in better shape.
I just wanted opinions on his condition. Everyone says something different on how much weight they think he needs.
I currently have worked him up to a 3 lbs sweet feed, 2 lbs beet pulp, rice bran, flax seed and alfalfa pellet/cubes mix twice a day, 1/4 a bale of hay twice a day and a semi sparse pasture diet today. I am thinking this will need upped if he needs the weight I think he needs. There is still grazing in the 3 acre field, that is why the hay is at 1/4 a bale. We've had him 4 days.
There is a photo of him next to Happy, our rescue gelding. He is a little on the thinner side, but seems stalled at gaining more. Everyone says it is just the saddlebred in him. . . Lol. Seeing him next to Big John shows HOW much weight Big John needs and how much condition, especially when I consider Happy is, at best, a 4 1/2 on the BC scale. Our 12hh blk/wht pony, Lucy, is behind Happy, and she, on the other hand, is on a diet . . .
Thanks for opinions!