Before anyone asks, this isn't my horse....we are looking at buying him as a trail mount for my boyfriend.
Yesterday we wen't and checked out a 15/16 year old Belgian gelding that is for sale as a safe reliable trail mount for my boyfriend.
The horse is 17hh and the BIGGEST mush ever! It was literally blizzarding out when my boyfriend rode him and he was a bit stubborn at first being as he was in his stall since noon because it was obviously snowing like crazy..(we arrived at 3:30pm)
The horse was a dream to ride being the conditions outside and definitely what we are looking for- BUT a few things concerned me a bit..
This one isn't the one that really concerned me being I'm almost sure of my assumption..
1. He has an old eye injury from when he was a baby and they said it does NOT effect his riding abilities at all. (which it doesn't) BUT I am about 90% sure he is blind or is going blind in that eye. He isn't spooky at all on that side..(not a really big deal..)
Also, When we were riding him in the snow (it was pretty deep, as well as super windy and we were on a hill -.-) he would cross his front legs once in awhile but usually when he did it my boyfriend was walking him up the hill and I think he was slipping and he crossed his other leg to catch his balence. (who knows, I'm a worrier!)
2. He is skinny for a Draft...They give him 1 flake of hay at feeding time (am and pm) and I'm almost positive that there is no round bail in the pasture that they can freely eat. Also, he gets about a half a scoop of Senior Feed and a Half scoop of cracked corn because it is winter. I definitely feel like that is not enough feed for a animal his size. My appy gets more then that...but maybe I'm wrong and someone could correct me on this? But I feel this is not enough food for a boy of his size..
His spine sticks out and it is all sunkin in around his spine from his wither to his tail bone. I can also see his ribs (not bad) but they are there and I can see them. I can also see the bone in his chest (as well as promenetly feel it) and can see all of his shoulder bones.
His owners care and in no way are abusing him. (His feet are taken care of regularly and look great, etc) I just don't think they realize how much a draft really needs to eat!
My assumptions about the skinniness lead to a) teeth and b) lack of food.
But does anyone think this sounds like a serious health issue or just the lack of food to anyone? They willingly gave us the number to the vet that has seen him before and told us to call and chat with them about his eye and other issues we may have, and If they were lying about anything of his health I don't think they would have willingly gave us the vets number and told us to call him...
We are going to call the vet tomorrow but thought it could do me good asking for some advice on here...thanks!
**and please don't bash me or the current owners, I just want advice and no BS!**