I'm abit worried about my horse's weight & condition
I am just a bit worried about my horse, and could use some advice.
2 months ago I moved him to another farm he is out with a nice herd of horses (about 12) and he's happy, but he has lost some condition... He isn't thin, but he went from getting 2kgs of food a day, to just eating grass 24/7. Obviously I don’t expect him to look like a show pony, he is abit scruffy with a long coat etc… He isn’t boney, but I can see that his high quarters are looking abit boney, no hips showing, but the bone at the top is showing, and he always had a nice round bum!
I did also remove his shoes (he's had shoes all his life, but decided to take them off and let him go barefoot) so I gave him about 3 weeks off to adjust, and to be honest I havent been working him as much as I should... He used to be ridden 3-4 times a week. Is it muscle loss on his hind area? Or fat loss?
I'm thinking I should start feeding him cubes again, and adding some sort of supplement... He is 12. Also since the shoes have been off, I rode him 3 weeks after the shoes were taken off, and he wasn't 100% sound.. not lame, but uneven in the trot...
Any advice? I want to start working him properly again to re-build muscle.