How long to founder?
I've recently bought a new horse, she is at an excellent weight at the moment but in the past has been known to get rather rotund, so much so that a little over a year ago she was pulled off the grass as her owners at the time were worried she might founder, thankfully she didn't. That said she is super greedy, I don't know if this is because she was taken off grass for quite a while and is now back on it and trying to make up for lost time or if she's just a big time food lover like me and can't stop snacking. Anyway my question is how long (roughly) might a horse take to founder? I have to go away for 2wks over Christmas and am wondering if it's possible she could get that fat again in such a short space of time. She will have a carer while I'm away but no one who can ride her so will be getting no exercise, that said her paddock is about 14 acres with lots of hills so she will have to wander up and down hills to get a drink of water. The grass isn't lush green grass it is an old farm that hasn't been grazed in years and is more a mix of tussock and old dry grass but this time of year there are a lot of younger shoots popping up and I have seen other horses on the land get fat before however I'm not sure how quickly they got fat.