About 6 years ago, I bought Beau, a grade gelding who we believe is an Anglo Arab or Arabian and about 18 years old. Even at that time he was skinny, but since he was only my second horse I thought nothing of it. He is a former h/j with a big drive for it. He was perfect for me when I was 12, a 15hh chestnut gelding who was patient and very knowing, but now that I'm 17 my needs have changed a bit. I raise Tennessee Walkers, and I have a show mare I now jump who is my main riding horse, along with a big trail gelding. Beau has been left pretty much as a pasture ornament and baby sitter for the younger horses for the last year because I'm too big to ride him and he's too thin.
I'm really hoping to sell or lease him. I love him, but he really needs a 10-12 year old girl who wants a first horse. He's sane, mostly calm when he's not near cows, very smart, and has great feet. He has had more training than any other horse on my farm, and he shows it. On a longe line he can jump about 2" consistently, though I've seen him do 2'6" and higher.
He's been wormed, has had the vet out several times because of his weight, is on alfalfa pellets, senior feed, bran mash once a week, weight builder, and gets three or four times as much feed as any other horse on the farm (including pregnant mares!) over two to three feedings a day. He has free choice hay and great grass that is never brown in the summer. The only time he has any muscle or fat on him is when he is with one mare or alone in a stall, and is being ridden at least once a week. Of course, the problem is that he is too thin for me to ride because he won't put on any weight. When he thinks he is going to have a job, he instantly perks up and looks amazing. Longing him doesn't get the same effect, I've been trying that for a while now.
Any tips? He's about 175-150lbs underweight constantly, sometimes closer to 100lbs, I've been able to clearly see his ribs going on two years now. He has been checked for ulcers and the like, but no luck. Sandclear every 6 months, just in case. I'd love for him to go to a place where he can be ridden and happy, but I'm afraid that when someone sees his condition they will not consider him. I know he will not put on any weight until he has the chance to work, and I can't provide him that. I have actually seen him at a good weight about 5 years ago when I rode him 5 times a week in the arena and once on a trail, he was constantly stalled with 3 hours of turnout, and he was happy as a clam.