horse purchase may actually be a rescue
the wonderful horse we've been working towards purchasing i have just learned is rather emaciated. on the body scale i'd say a 3-just guesstimating. current owners just can't afford to feed her, which is what prompted the sale. i fell in love with her, now i can't leave her, i have to save her and get weight back on her. but i'm scared. the vet will be coming to assess her on tuesday (we're bringing her home monday-a holiday) so will get his advice/help/input but in the meantime i'm just so scared. i don't want to mess things up on her. she's an incredible horse-the weight loss is purely from lack of finances to feed and lack of pasture-so it wasn't/isn't a teeth issue or other health issue. just reading and reading and reading about feeding her and all the issues that may well ensue and thought i'd ask y'all what experiences you've had with a situation like this. she's a 16 y/o belgian, btw. i have purchased the same feed she is currently on, and the current owner is sending her feed with her, but i'm at a loss how to introduce enough calories/fat without introducing too much starch/sugar to cause insulin issues, etc, etc... i know, the vet will be able to help me, but that's tuesday and i'm just a basketcase right now. i look forward to any information/advice you can/will offer. i can't not get her, she needs to be 'rescued' so not buying her is not an option. :) thanks in advance!