I recently rescued a 17.3hh 2008 Thoroughbred gelding. He is about 250+ lbs under weight & he has a proud flesh on one of his back legs from a pasture accident. He had sand stuck in his digestive tract which I have managed to get rid of with Sand clear. His hooves were trimmed WAY too short so he hobbles around uncomfortably & I am afraid he will get some abscesses if I leave it like it is now. I don't really know what to do. I have rehabilitated horses before but this boy has shown to be a little more difficult. He HATES it when I try & work on his proud flesh & will get really uneasy. Any ideas? Should I get shoes for him so he is more comfortable? I need your help!
What he is being fed right now: (which has slowly been introduced over time)
Unlimited access to fresh hay, fresh water & a protein salt block. Slowly being introduced to rich green grass.
Three times a day:
Two scoops of Dumor 14%.
1/4 scoop of Alfalfa pellets.
1/4 scoop of beet pulp.
A cup of Calf manna.
Farnam weight builder.
Once a day with his night feed:
A cup of corn oil.
Apple a day.
Sand clear (2nd week just to make sure all the sand is gone!)
Should I be changing what he is being fed to help him gain weight & muscle? Once his feet are better I am going to start ground work (lunged, ect.) with him to build muscle but until then he is just being grazed by hand.
So what should I do for the proud flesh?
To build his weight?
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!