This is Snickers about 30 days ago. I have had her since October where she was a 1.5 on BCS scale. Currently her topline has filled in and she has gained 150 lbs. She was at 707 last week and 14.3hh. She is 13 months old.
When I first got her in October she was 542 lbs and you could see almost every bone.
Training she had prior to getting her was nil. The "trainer" that had these 16 starving horses were training them for a racetrack in LA. She was pretty skittish but now she will walk up to you and lay her head on you to be scratched. I can pick all her feet up, wash her, lead/load/trailer and back her, make strange noises and rub things all over her. Because it's too dark when I get home until spring/summer I only work her on the weekends right now. Currently I walk her around the pastures and down the road on the weekends for some exercise and lead training (she has some crowding issues) for about an hour.
I would like to build some muscle on her with more exercise but I don't know what exercises I can do with her level of mal nutrition. Do any of you have any suggestions on exercises? Can she be safely round penned or lunged yet?
She is being fed 12lbs + of hay a day and 7lbs of Purina Strategy/day + I have her on a 40% fat weight builder which she gets 4oz of a day.