Well, vets best guess as to his age was somewhere between 15-20...I think he's 17 but that's just because I like the number 7 lol. In anycase he is definitely a little bit older but IMO....and this is just me....I know the age thing shouldn't be a reason or excuse for this kind of body condition...not that anyone suggested that lol.
Anyways, I completely forgot to ask about the bump when the vet was out, where did my brain go???! But he didn't seem to notice it...so I thought I would toss it on the web and see what kind of response I got. He has been wormed recently and vaccinated....and we had the farrier out...I feel more than okay with his feet at this time, we have shoes on the front and the back are just trimmed. But yes, that first photo makes him look like he is wearing some kind of slipper :(
Currently he gets between 10-15lbs. Orchard grass, 7lbs. Stable mix and a scoop of triple crown senior (Newest addition to his diet in the hopes of putting on weight, just started this maybe a week ago?) twice a day. Unfortunately, in california EVERYTHING dies and crisps up in the heat....not much forage out in the pasture.
Question about the sand? Do they need to have access to pasture/dirt to have an issue with that? He has been out in pasture...uhh, maybe 30 minutes in the last 3 years! I took him out and he was scared of everything so that is something we are working on....getting used to life outside of a stall. So for the time being he gets turnout in an indoor arena during which time he stares longingly at his stall and/or rolls. In his stall he has shavings, there is no dirt or attached paddock. Just wondering...I never even considered sand as a potential culprit.
Is the salt on food to encourage drinking? He has a salt block in the stall and an automatic waterer, plus a large bucket of water that he seems to enjoy playing in...I honestly haven't paid much attention to whether or not he actually uses the salt block...oops!
Thanks for the input, it's a lot to think on. :)