I would like to hear your opinions on which you personally would go with (if the happy medium were not an option).
Many people I have noticed criticize others when their horse is abit underweight. But have people actually thought about the effects of a horse being overweight? I think that it is just as (if not more) bad as a horse being underweight, because of the heart strain and the possibility of laminitis.
So, personally, I would rather go with a horse that is abit underweight than a horse that is abit overweight. Maybe I'm biased, because Night Heat is abit on the underweight side, but she is perfectly happy and works well with no hassles in the health department.
I wish I was able to pump her up with lots of expensive high protein food, but sometimes people can't afford to do that, and anyway, she isn't exactly mine (she belongs to my riding instructer, he leases her to me and no one else rides her) so she gets what the other horses get. My riding instructers can't exactly afford to buy very expensive feed for their 14 horses, but they do get a good feed with hay in the winter and they live out all year.
But yeah, that's my opinion on this. Care to share yours?