So I’m horse shopping and recently looked at a young OTTB mare. Very thin, I think from being in a pasture with a bully as she was pretty bit up. Now I’ve had thinner horses before and easily fattened them up. That’s no problem.
But she’s thin enough that I worry about her temperament changing. She was well behaved under saddle but I could see her getting fiesty if she had more weight. She is thin enough that I personally wouldn’t be riding her until there is more weight. She probably needs ulcer treatment, unlimited hay, protein/fat and maybe ground work for muscle.
I’m pretty on the fence about it. A young horse is of course always a project but I just hate to buy a horse and have them not turn out like I thought.
I’m going to talk to my trainer and vet about it but thought I’d see what COTH has experienced.