Hey all! I was recently thinking about my first horse and thought I'd post on here to see what you all think may have been wrong with her.
When I bought her (a TB), she was pretty underweight and I was told she was 14. The owner had owned her about two years and said in that time she'd put on a good deal of weight, so she must have been a skeleton when she got her. She cribbed and had worn down her front teeth a lot. My vet did an exam and x-rays and found her to be healthy, just underweight.
In the three years I had her, she usually weighed less than when I first got her. The best she looked was in the summer when I was able to work her daily, but that wasn't very often since something often went wrong (threw a shoe, some kind of injury, etc.) Even then, she was still underweight. I tried everything I was suggested feed-wise (beet pulp, hi-fi, rice bran, weight builer, etc.) and she always had good grass and/or hay. The vet scoped her for ulcers and ran blood tests, found her to be very slightly in the Cushing's range (can't remember what it's called exactly) and put her on meds, but nothing changed.
When I went to college, we went ahead and gave her to a friend of my grandmother who had a large farm and several rescue horses where she could spend the rest of her days grazing.
What do you think could have been the issue during the time I had her? I was thinking that maybe she was simply older than we were told, though when my vet did the pre-purchase, he didn't seem to doubt it. Her front teeth were really worn down, though, and would have been useless for aging. She was on a regular deworming schedule, as well.