Hi all, I’m new here and I am desperately needing advice on how to build up my latest horse’s topline.
“Casper”, 9 yo quarter horse gelding, came to me underweight, wormy, and covered in cuts from getting tangled in barbed wire, he was “pastured” in a small wooded area. He was getting four “flakes” of mixed bahia/bermuda hay daily and 1/2 scoop of 10% sweet feed, only ridden about once a month (in an ill fitting saddle)
“Casper” has been with me over three months now and has gained almost 100 pounds. He is on bahai grass pasture 24/7, getting 4 pounds of Nutrena Safe Choice (14%) a day, and I am supplementing him with TriAmino Acids, Source, and he also has access to mineral salts “free choice”. He has also been dewormed with SafeGuard. I am going to deworm him with Equimax soon. He has been in slow, steady work…walking/trotting the trails for 15-30 min a day/4 times a week.
One thing I will add, he is disabled (completely blind in his left eye and has been that way for at least 5 years)
Several questions here: Will his topline ever come back? Am I on the right track? What type of saddle pad (Western) will keep him the most comfortable until he fills out?
Thanks in advance for any advice guy and gals!