"He has seemed depressed, he has lost some weight (enough to be quite noticeable), and alot of muscle loss, (backbone sticking up, topline sinking...) He isn't "my" horse, a family friend has let me take him and work with him to see if he would do barrels, hence the reason we haven't put alot of money into him for vet visits"
Hmm, this is what you wrote, so I commented on what I read.Now you say
He is not in such bad shape that anyone else would notice. Everyone out here at our barn still comments about how good he looks. I am just overly inspective of my horses. His weight loss is not bad... just enough to be a little noticeble, but you still can't see his ribs
Which is it? the first explanation or the second? And it doesn't cost thousands of dollars to have a vet come out, float teeth, do a general check up, maybe give some vitamin shots, etc. I am sorry if you think I am rude, but when someone write that the horse they are riding or using for free so they really don't own it, Starting a couple months ago, he seemed to get worse and worse when I would ride him. He has always always been pretty good about picking up his corrects leads, awesome at doing flying lead changes, etc. He would no longer pick up the right lead, and flying lead changes were a thing of the past... and he would just seem to look a little more poor each day.... we would actually joke and say that he looked 30 instead of 10...
then that person, being you and your parents have a responsibility to take care of the horse. Sounds as if the owner doesn't care enough to spend vet money either.,sad situation for the horse, he gives his best, starts going downhill and nobody, the owner or the girl using him for free is willing to take him to a vet.