I'm new at this and am not even sure if people will answer but I need some help and its worth a shot.
I recently bought an OTTB from an auction. I didn't go to the auction to buy a horse originally, I went to the auction with a friend who was selling some cattle but when I seen this skinny scared gelding come into the auction ring he pulled on my heart strings and I had to get him but anyway I'm having a hard time putting weight on him our vet recommended beet pulp but he refuses to eat it (I think because its wet). He's not wormy and he eats his feed and hay just fine he has no teeth problems. I've been told OTTBs are hard keepers and I'm totally prepared to handle all his needs I don't ride him because of his weight but I do lunge him, work him in the round pen and pony him when I ride my other horse in the arena so he does get exercise. He's my first Thoroughbred I have only had QH and Arabs. I've been told by people at my barn that buying him from an auction was a huge mistake and sale barn horses aren't worth much but I think the only reason he ended up at a sale barn was because when I looked up his tattoo he never won a race and never placed high at all but anyways does any body have any suggestions and/or tips for me about his weight gain or just OTTBs in general I really don't want to give up on him he's a sweet boy and full of personality and him and my current mare get along so well I've only had him about a month he's not emaciated but you can see a little of his ribs and his hip bones are prominent.
Oh sorry to post so much but I was also told that riding him with a western saddle is bad for a Thoroughbreds kidneys is that true?
This is Ace our OTTB!