I've kept and worked with horses for nearly 20 years, walked colicing horses the vet told us weren't worth it and rode them months later. We took in any rescue, no questions asked. Sometimes it was not pretty.
So I'd like to say I can handle most things a horse can throw at me without panicing. Then I decided I'd get a colt for christmas.
He'll be 7 months old when he gets here in two weeks, weaned on the 20th of October. He hasn't been started...at all, no idea what a halter is. So his cross country trip will be traumatic to say the least. Coming from an overfull ranch, he's not used to human contact and has never been wormed, or had any shots other than the Coggins he needed to get here.
They have had him on pasture and some timothy and added some rolled grain recently.
I want to start him right, so I'm reasearching area vets to have him looked over, but I'd like to know what to be looking for. I'm in western TN, what should I be asking for by way of shots? Does he need to be a certain age for them? Can I worm him right away? And which type should I start with?
I'm planning on giving him a day to get adjusted before trying to introduce myself, but with no other horses here I don't want to leave him alone to long. This seem to short to anyone?
Pasture is terrible this time of year here for anything but playing space, so I'm trying to find some timothy/clover to put him on. For grain I'd like to work him onto a cobcorn, salt, and rolled oats diet as a main; but I'm a bit lost when to comes to supplements. I saw somwthing called colt-grow. Is it any good? Or are there better options out there? He's a draft cross, so I know I need to watch bone growth carefully so he gets his size early and steady, and that I keep muscle lean till he's done going up.
I apprieciate any and all feedback,