My kids have been driving me crazy for a horse and my son is autistic and developed a love for horses after going to a therapy program that uses horses.. I saw an ad on Craigs list for a free colt so I sent an email. Well instead of the colt they had an older mare that had lost alot of weight because of the 6 younger horses chasing her out of the feed. They said she was gentle and would be great for my son. They brought her to us and gave her to my son. He is sooo happy about it.
When we found out my oldest daughter and I hurried and built a stall in the barn for her..
Then we had it done... The horses name is Star...
Then the horse arrived... Ohhh so exciting!!!
Poor baby she is sooo skinny... We already had her stall set up with a flake of alfalfa hay and grain. She immediately went for the grain. Every time it would run out she would start to neigh... Loudly... My hubby ended up giving her about 3 more scoops. I was afraid she would bloat if she ate too much. I am going to call the vet and ask about floating her teeth. Other than that if it is just her age and the younger ones running her away then the spoiling attention and treats she will get should fatten her up in no time...
Because she is so skinny I will not let the bigger kids ride her. I had a 40 year old pony saddle that was mine when I was a kid. The straps were rotten and the leather hard but I managed to rehab it with a thick blanket/pad, new straps and a new cinch. Also a LOT of mineral oit on the leather. I put it on her and she stood there perfectly. The little saddle looked like a tiny clown hat on her back. The grandkids loved it.
If anyone has any ideas on how to fatten her up... Please let me know. I am by far not an expert and would welcome any advice.