This is one of those times when I'm glad to have a horse forum to go to. I'm having some problems and I'm a little confused so I hope I can get some help here.
I just got into owning horses about 3 years ago. I have learned a lot along the the way! Anyways when I first bought my saddle I didn't really understand saddle fit. But now after reading and riding I have come to understand it. And I have found that every saddle I try doesn't really fit in some way or another. So I sent some pics of my horse to Chuck at culturedcowboy.com He was very helpful, but what he said was that my horse had some nutrition issues and really needed fattening up. Well, in the back of my mind I figured he would say she needed more weight but I didn't think it was that big a deal. I have wanted her to be fatter for a while but I can seem to get anywhere on it. I'm going to post pics of what she was right after I got her, and how she is now. She is a registered thoroughbred/QH. She is six years old. I feed one scoop of 10% sweet feed and one scoop of alpha oats twice daily. Along with a block of hay. The hay quality is very poor. I wanted better but money was tight and my grandfather grew it. But I'm thinking it may be the problem. It is just a grass hay.....mostly weeds... :( When I first got her I was feeding a nice clover hay though. She has been wormed in the spring.
Also, now this is kinda weird. A large knot has recently come up on her chin. It is hard as bone, I think it is bone, and it doesn't move at all. It doesn't hurt her at all either, she is not sensitive to it in any way. Anyway I just thought I would throw that in incase it adds to things.
So here are the pics. She does look much better in the first pic. I am interested on all info. How bad is she? Really bad? Not too bad? What should I do to fix it? What do you think is up with the chin knot? Do you think her low weight is why I can't get a saddle to fit? P.s. She doesn't get any good pasture grass. I'm sure it would help...just not possible right now.
Any info would be greatly appreciated.