Originally Posted by Allison Finch
All I can say is that if he raced five days before the first photos....SHAME ON THEM!! That horse is not race fit. He has serious wasting in the muscles on the haunch. That horse was underfed, regardless of the ulcer.
...Or quite possibly overfed but badly, leading effectively to starvation alla same. Yeah, unfortunately a lot of race horses end up like this(or otherwise not 'race fit' in a variety of ways, because the money & prizes are the important thing, so they keep getting run until they fail.