I purchased a new horse and she was delivered today. I bought her sight unseen through a local ranch that I was under the impression is trustworthy and sells good, sound horses.
Well, this girl has huge muscles all over her chest and hips, in fact from behind you can see very large, well defined pads that stand high above her spine.
But, she also has very visible ribs, a tucked up waist, thin neck and very deep depressions above her eyes. Her spine is not visible but her wither feels like a fleshless bone just under her hide. In spite of her heavy muscling, I look at her and think she looks starved. Those deep deep hollows above her eyes and the boniness of her face especially make me think 'starving'.
She is also covered in injurys. She has a partially healed slash across her back, a very recent scabby, bloody, fly covered injury above her right forefoot, A scabbed and peeling injury under her forelock, and numerous small, healing injuries all over her shoulders etc. she's semi-shod with her two back shoes missing, you can see the nail holes on her back feet. And when I watch her walk (she prefers to stand quietly) there is a looseness to her leg movements like she's slightly unsteady on her feet. She had been bathed today before delivery, but when I groomed her face, hair came away in little scabby like bits...especially from inside those deep sockets above her eyes.
The woman said that the horse doesn't finish her daily feed. She also said the injuries are from other horses (they look like horse given injuries) and that the horse was out on a trail ride all day (with the back injury and foot injury plus 2 missing shoes) and that the mare threw the two shoes a couple of weeks ago but seems sound that way. She also stated that she'd only had the horse for a month or so.
What do you experienced horse owners think? My only other horse is a sassy pony that I have to keep on a diet so she doesn't end up sick someday. I'll have her looked over by a vet to see what health issues I'm looking at, but I'd like to hear thoughts from experienced horse owners also. She's supposed to be 7 yrs old.
She's a super calm, quiet mare by the way. I'm uncertain if she's drinking up my attention or just too tired to bother to walk away...but I tentatively think she's enjoying the attention. Her appetite was steady since she came today but her eating pace is very slow. She seems very sweet and well mannered.
I took a couple of pictures, hopefully I added them correctly. Its dark out here now, but I thought pictures could describe it better. Wish I had more pictures, especially of her eye hollows but I didn't want to scare her with a flash that close to her eyes.