I hadn't thought of the grazing issue. I'm willing to put a horse on a hay diet (with supplements), am even willing to medicate for Cushings or IR, but given that I'd like my horses to be out almost 24/7, that might be an issue. I am planning on a sacrifice paddock where no grass will grow, but if I have to keep this horse separate from Harley, it complicates things.
Thanks for pointing this out.
No ---you are--- NOT --- willing.
You only think your are because you are a kind person and have never had to deal with Cushings, or IR; and some horses can develop both.
Cushings horses HAVE to be on Prascend. Cushings is a gradual path to dearth, some take longer than others, depending on severity and how soon it is caught.
The horse in my avatar had Equine Metabolic Syndrome and was diagnosed in 2007. I lost him in Nov, 2014 to major colic from strangulating lipomas.
I still have my IR horse that is so serious he is on a prescription.
Between my vet bills, once a month th farrier visits, ancillaries of all sorts, the vets office declared I have spent enough money on both these horse (since 2007) to buy an upper level dressage horse with a great record and a big price tag.
While these horse need exercise, it cannot be strenuous. Steady and quiet but nothing strenuous.
I don't think you want to get yourself in a tangled mess trying to manage one of these horses. It is hurtful to the soul at best, for anyone who doesn't view that horse as a commodity, to watch these horses. Especially when they have to be separated and live life in a dirt lot or the barnyard.
No, that is not something you want to set yourself up for.
If you do look at this horse, I would demand a blood test to check insulin and cortisol levels, as part of the PPE. That takes two viles of blood.
They want a lot of money for the horse but they could still be aware the horse has metabolic issues and will feign ignorance.