My mum has just brought a new horse, a very quiet standard bred. My question is he is under weight, has no top line, you can see/feel ribs. He has been looked after as far as teeth feet worming goes and he was being fed, the lady just said she didnt like horses being fat so she kept him slim, to me he is skinny.
So any way we brought him great horse, put him in with our other horses, on 10 acres, there is feed in the paddock but it is dead so there is nothing in it but they have a round bale and get hard feed each day and a biscut of lucerne each (he will get 2 biscuts)
Do you think it would be ok to ride him? We were only planning on doing 20 min walking trails at the moment ( he is not to good on the hills his legs get a bit confused as he has been on flat ground for the past 5 yrs and in a very small paddock prob 1/2 an acre, very funny to watch him) till he builds up weight and muscle and till he gets to know the place.
My personal thinking is as long as he takes in more than he burns he will still gain weight, and I like to get new horses into their routine straight away before they get used to doing nothing.