I got him 2 years ago, and he was 10 years old. He had been sitting in a field for the past 3 or 4 years, without doing any work. He was scrawny, and thin. (Picture Number 1. Ignore my friends wierd expression) I rode him once, didnt "love" him. But bought him anyways, I couldnt bare to leave him where he was. When I brought him home, he was put in a large field with a few other horses. Every second day I would go out and lunge him and work on his ground manners (he was a little pushy). After he had put on a decent amount of muscle I started to ride him a few days a week.
He put on quite a bit of weight that summer. (Pictures 2 and 3). I brought him to a horse camp with me where I rode him about 4 days a week for 5 weeks. He really started to muscle up nicely (Pictures 4,5, and 6).
Then when I got home I brought him to a barn with an indoor arena. We started out jumping lessons, and progressed nicely. However, he was at the bottom of the totem pole and lost some weight again. (Sorry, don't have pictures of this)
Fast forward about 6 months. We're now at a new barn, things werent working out at the old one. My horse wasnt being fed (even though it was included in my board costs) and I wasnt treated fairly. (Pictures 7 and 8) We're now at a beautiful barn, and its time to start rebuilding muscle on my boy. Starting this weekend he will be on weight gaining feed and muscle supplement as well as free choice hay. He's going to be hacked 2-3 times a week, and jumped once a week. I'll update pictures regularily!
Any advice, or words of encouragement are welcome!