Originally Posted by furbabymum
SOOOOO I'll try to make a long story short. I have 2 horses that I bought as a pair. They are both 10 yrs old and are reputed to be beginners horses. One of them is and one of them probably is but needs someone far stronger than I am. They've been together for years so I'm worried about what I want to do. I want to sell the mare. She's hard for me to handle and quite frankly we don't like each other very much. It's not that she's a bad horse but that together we make an awful pair. Right now the gelding is already skinny. I've been working on bulking him up (which has been difficult as she'll chase him off the hay). I figure when she is gone I could do free choice hay for him and he'd improve much faster. I was going to get a companion horse for him, my inlaws have a very old mare that they are willing to transfer over to my pasture. Do you think he'll drop weight if I do this? I'm worried about him thinning down anymore than he already is.
it depends on the horse and how tight the gelding has bonded with the mare,and if he is a worrier (pacing,calling,not eating)
but as long as he has a companion, he will adjust. I would make sure to get that companion over to him A.S.A.P once she is gone, os he is not alone and worrying... a lot of weight can be lost in just a couple days when they are stressing.
Free choice hay sounds like the way to go.