Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
Welcome to horse ownership! Is he your first? If so, you will be very, very busy in the next few months! There's nothing like having one to make you realize how little you know and get you to worrying!
I agree with the others- even though he's been kept there for the past three years (I think that is what you said?) they have not been doing the right thing by him because he is skinny. So, something will HAVE to change from what they are currently doing. Do you plan on continuing to keep him there? If so, be ready for a fight- the facility/person may not see anything wrong with his current care and not want to change anything, especially, per your words, they think he is at a 'good weight for a TWH.' You may have to fight them on this if you keep him there.
I agree with everyone else- the first steps are a) a vet visit to check his teeth, his vaccinations, and any deworming necessary, and b) find out what, exactly, he is currently getting.
If he's wormy and has bad teeth, once those are taken care of, he may plump up. If not, his food will need to be changed. Please discuss this with your vet when they come out- once you know what and exactly how much he is getting, your vet can look at him, his teeth and make some solid recommendations for you both. If his teeth are fine and worms aren't an issue, then his diet will have to be changed. It may simply be a matter of feeding him MORE if he is getting too little, or the kind of food may need to be changed if he is a hard keeper or has other individual issues.
Last edited by Sharpie; 04-29-2013 at 12:46 PM.