New to the forum - Need advice on adding weight to an old horse ...
Hello everyone, First of all - let me introduce myself. I'm new here. My name is Julie (if you haven't figured that out already;) ) and I'm in PA (ditto). I've had horses on and off throughout my entire life, so owning/ caring for a horse is nothing new to me. We are getting an old (19yrs old) Standardbred horse for our daughter for Christmas. He's supposed to be in good health and has all of his teeth. His current owner rescued him ... she says that he does good with his food and doesn't drop it out of his mouth, and his teeth are fine. Yet, he's thin. She said that he was a race horse in Canada, then once his owners were done with him, amish got him. They used him to pull their buggy. Then some how after that his current owner got him. She said he was really thin and had gained weight since she has had him, but he still needs to gain more. She tried him on beat pulp, but says that he hates the stuff and will NOT eat it. She has other horses and has been rescueing horses for a while, plus a friend of mine is friends with HER and has been for a while ... so I trust the lady and believe she is honest about everything she's telling me. And so if she says he simply won't eat beat pulp - when then I'm not going to buy it and try it for nothing ... kwIm?
So I need another solution to help put weight on him. Something that he won't turn his nose up to.
Can someone give me some ideas. I really want to build him up ... I would like to be able to ride him in the spring. He's rideable now according to his current owner, but I doubt I'll be doing much winter riding (live in PA - gets VERY cold here in the winter!). So I figured I'd build him up over the winter and then come spring we'd start hitting the trails.
Any advice ?? It has to be cheap/affordable.