Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
He will recover under your care. Keep him in his stall and clean it as often as possible, preferably 2x/day. I clean around my 5yo geldings in their stalls. Consider his stall "bed rest." He won't associate your stall with "THE stall from hell" where he was being kept. He would appreciate straw to lay on, since he's bony right now.
His hooves will heal the best if they are kept as dry as possible. I suggest cleaning them out, gently, of course, and bandaging them with disposable diapers taped onto his hooves with duct tape. Just change the diapers when they look like they're about to come loose, and, if your Vet suggests topical medicine like Nitrofuricin, follow that regimin, too. I would want to keep ALL urine and feces away from his frogs for several months. (Go to a dollar store and buy them cheap.)
IMO, you'll want to get him on the road to recovery and, at the same time, look for a buyer. I'm assuming, though it makes me an axx to do so, that the costs are prohibitive keeping this stallion, but here you are, spending money. SO sorry!! **hugs**
Get several pairs of pebbled gloves and hand brush him with them. He'll enjoy the attention, and will look to you for comfort. The healing experience will probably make him very docile--you said nothing of his temperment before this incident.
As you emotionally recover, please consider "throwing the book" at these people, if possible.
I got my 5o QH from a reputable rescue. They aren't saints but they give their charges good care. I don't believe that THESE people deserve to own a stuffed horse in the future. **Corporal rants in fury at the thought of this abuse and neglect"