So today I walked into a field with my mum and dog (public walkway) and for the last maybe 2 months there has been this old pony in their that I didn't really take too much notice off apart from it has quite a sunken back.
But this afternoon when walking through (haven't walked through the field for about 3 weeks) we noticed that the pony has lost a lot of weight!! I study L3 horse management and I would give the condition score maybe 0-1?!! Looking under the thick coat you can feel ribs, the pelvis is a massive indent and very skinny.. I checked the pony's teeth and it doesn't seem to have very many at all and then I picked some grass and the pony did eat it but a lot fell out.
The horse doesn't look neglected in the sense that its feet are not overgrown, and it does have water and what looked like a feed bucket with something in there but it was the other side of the pond (field is kind of split in 2 with a pond dividing most or all of it) and I am not sure whether the pony can walk back across?
Sorry this is so long, but I guess the real question is do old horses get that skinny is that normal??? I mean it might sound obvious but I just don't want the horse to suffer any longer if it is