I'm getting an 18 year old mare in a month. She has been well cared for all her life but last summer the people that own her had her at their granddaughter's place and she was fed way too much. She wasn't ridden either and got very fat. When they got her back they wanted her to lose weight, but we were talking to them yesterday and they said she is still really fat. I assume they have her on free choice hay.
Soooo.... when I get her at the end of the month I plan on changing things - lol! I'm going to ride her lots, get her a grazing muzzle for summer and ration her hay in winter so she isn't eating so much she gets fat.
Does anyone have any other ideas of what I could do. I know it isn't good for a horse to be overweight - especially an older horse. So I definitely want to change things quickly! When my friend and I went to see and ride her, my friend said, "Riding her is like riding a couch!" lol! Any suggestions would be much appreciated!