A horse I have had on lease has been returned. He is a 18 year old thoroughbred. He has come home very thin and with no muscle.
My original plan was to clip him as he has a very long coat (hairs 4 - 5 inches long) and rug him, but now, I don't know what to do.
Do I still clip him and rug, or do I leave his coat on and not rug? The temps have dropped the last couple of nights to 10deg C (which for us is cold) and from here will drop into single figures as low as 2 or 3 deg C, with days around 25 deg C.
Daughter has bought a canvas rug with woolen lining and is quite warm (which would be fine if he was clipped), just not sure if he will be too hot, or the extra warmth will help him conserve energy and put on weight quicker.
He won't be ridden now, for a few weeks whilst I try to get him back on track - his feet are quite bad with shelly hoof, I've just pulled his shoes off and trimmed him up, he can run around bare foot for a few months, I want to get some MSM and Glucosamine into him too before I do too much.
Just not sure what to do. What do you reckon??