About a week ago, I noticed that my horse had lost some weight. Soon after, the owner of the stable approached me and told me how good my horse is looking. She said he was overweight when I got him. His former owner admitted to me that she liked her horses slightly overweight.
I went on a trailride with his former owner and she was appalled at how thin he was. So much so that she threatened to take him back! My friend, agreed that he was a bit thin going into winter.
Since then, I've asked five people at my barn what they think and all have said that they think he looks good (including a horse trainer/coach).
My opinion is that he is a bit thin so I've talked to the barn and they have agreed to help me plump him up. I also talked to a knowledgeable man at a feed mill who sold me a mixture of grain that he thought would help him gain weight. The man also suggested that I worm him as he could be loosing weight due to worms.
My question to you is, is he thin or not and how thin is he? Too thin to survive the winter on pasture board with a very warm (and expensive) winter blanket? Will the grain make a difference? He was just eating hay before. Does his stomach look full of worms? It looks bigger than it was.
Last question...lol. The barn said to wait to worm him until the rest of the heard gets done. Shall I wait or do it now? I happen to have two wormers. Will it hurt him to get wormed now and in a few weeks?
Thanks so much and sorry for the novel. He is my first horse so I'm still learning.
His is a quarter horse and is 15 years old.
Last pic is when I got him.