Or, at least, almost.
My horse had a bad, bad case of worms (I believe they're called red worms in English, I'm not sure), the most dangerous kind out here. The type that not only attacks the intestine, but the blood vessels are subject to them as well. I've been boarded at this place for a year now, and she might've even had them for so long. Owner of the only other horse there doesn't believe in deworming or cleaning poop, so here we are. So on and so forth, and now I've got a horse that should be free of worms, but she looks a mess.
It's a mess boarding there just as well, but that's another matter. What's important is that the other owner keeps feeding my horse until she drops dead (behind my back) because he thinks the lack of muscle is lack of healthy weight. Now she looks a thousand times worse, with a big, big potbelly and ribs showing up top. It looks awful. She looks like a two year old who's sick.
Got a few vets out and a very good chiropractor, after which she's gotten much better in her movements again. The only thing is, I'm not sure how to go about getting that back muscle to develop again. I have no arena, so it will have to happen outside. I could possibly do some in saddle work outside, but what? I'm very careful with her, because I'm afraid if I put a saddle on that the muscles won't develop. I've been walking her by hand for two weeks (my vet said that was the only thing to do, really) and now I have the go ahead to ride. But what?
She expressly told me I couldn't do long distance for the moment (what she was doing prior to this) but I have no idea what else to do. All her musculature came from outside training for an hour or two each day. She looked really fit before this mess.
I've got my head in my hands, I really don't know what to do...
Here's her in July, when she had an abcess and she started deteriorating.