op said no negitive comments
she wanted advice that is all
So we're just supposed to ignore the condition of the horse? Yeah, doesn't work like that. If nobody speaks up for the welfare of the animal, then they may not ever have known just how wrong
everything in the pictures is.
OP, I can appreciate that you and your friend are trying to help this horse, but you aren't helping. Your friend really needs to be taught how to properly care for a horse...and I think, so do you.
You need to do whatever you have to to get her to understand that she's hurting this horse by riding her. I strongly
encourage you to show her this thread.
1) This horse is far to skinny for anyone
to be riding her, regardless of their size, but it is worse that your friend is overweight. The horse barely has enough muscle to keep her back supporting her own
malnourished belly; riding her when she's in this condition, when she's unable to use muscle to support her spine because she has no muscle, is damaging
2) That saddle does not fit even remotely and is causing damage to the horse. She would be better off without a saddle at all.
3) Your friend is not a fluid rider as can be especially seen in this picture
If you look at the horse's face, she's saying "OMG, that hurts my back so bad but I'm trying so hard to be a good girl and ignore it"
This horse needs nothing but 24/7 good feed in front of her, a consistent visit from the farrier, and a vet visit wouldn't hurt just to make sure she's UTD on shots and de-worming. She needs nothing more than that for the next few weeks/months until you can't see a bone sticking out on her body anywhere. Then, and only then, will she be ready to start very light riding.
BUT, as another poster said, even then, this horse might
not have the necessary frame to carry your friend comfortably. The only way to know for sure is to let her get her weight up where it needs to be and then go from there.