I have a horse that has spent much of his time in the pastures and, well, has the tummy to show it. I am very new to the equine scene and am picking it up fast. Long story short I never intended to have horses but now that I have these guys I am won over. I have an experienced rider who is going to start my fat haflinger with some light riding. He has been trained in the past but not ridden for many years. He has been transitioned off of sweet feed, and is on Pro-Bios because he has been gassy and poops like a cow. Is there anything I should be overly concerned about health wise as we make this transition from expensive lawn ornament to working horse.
I also have a rescue TWH with ringbone. He will possibly be getting a little light work as well. The ringbone worries be big time. I have no plans to jump or anything crazy like that with him. The question is how much he will be able to do safely and what extra precautions should be taken?
I trust the person I have working with them to do the right thing. I just want to pull from a larger base of knowledge and be proactive about caring for my horses.