My friend leased out her horse and upon her last check was horrified so has taken the horse back into her care. She is a 13yo OTTB mare, vet has seen her and her body condition is about a 2. She has been dewormed and the vet said her teeth were fine, did her shots etc. She has just been getting poor quality feed and nothing in addition.
My friend works 3 jobs and has very little time so she has asked me to help her get this horse healthy and fit again. I have no clue where to go with this. She has been put on good quality round bale all day and we have worked her up to a 3/4 scoop of senior. She does have a history of colic. My friend just said to slowly work up her groceries and to star working her so she builds up some muscle. I have more experience fitting up OBESE horses and this is a much bigger puzzle to me.
Should I add in beet pulp to get more weight on her? And I'm thinking for working I should probably just walk and trot her on the lunge line for about 15 min every few days to start and then work her up? I'm afraid of working her too much at this weight? My friend says she can be ridden but I feel guilty actually climbing on her right now as she appears to have nothing protecting her spine.
Anyone with experience bringing back a poor condition horse like this that can share their stories, insight, suggestions, and definite DON'T DO'S would much be appreciated. Right now I just want to throw every grocery in the store at her but I know that will definitely be bad.