I second what Elana said - get on that gorgeous creature and enjoy yourself.
I just caught up with what's been going on and, looking at him now, it's almost hard to believe it's the same horse. The photos and video show just how happy and healthy he is. Think of it as a learning experience - next winter, as the others have said, you will know exactly what to do if it happens again!
As you said, I had to educate myself and you helped me.
I am aware now that he is prone to ulcers so I will plan his diet in advance next year and monitor his condition and comfort. According to The Body Condition Scoring system ( http://lifeandhorses.com/wordpress/w...CS-score-1.png ) my friends say he is 5 out of 9 and the nutrition specialist says he is 4,5/5 too.
I don't understand what does "his bone is thick" mean? In Polish we don't use such an expression. Can you help me ? :)
There is a picture of me on him (I am a poor rider but I all I need is a pleasure ride to nearby forest with friends :) I also have lessons 3 times a week with riding instructor who is also a professional show jumping rider because I feel the need to improve my riding skills to make riding more comfortable for me and my horse).