Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: SouthEast Texas
• Horses: 0
I'm usualy of the mind that if one is paying for a Vet, that you should heed their advice.
But.......just going from the information in your post, this could be one of them occassions that getting a second (professional)opinion might be good.
Just from my own experience with feeding "rescue" horses.......
Buy some good feed.
I've come to like a 14% Protien/6% Fat (pelleted)feed a lot. And make certain that it has a good vitamin/mineral package blended-in.
You don't want anything that has visable oats or corn, as they are hard to digest and IMO, won't serve a usefull purpose at this point.
There's several feed-companies that make good feeds. Which-ever brand you choose, slowly work-up to whatever amount the bag recomends. I personaly do it in steps of 25% at a time, over the course of 2 weeks.
And make certain that he gets plenty of hay and CLEAN water.
You may also note that many horses can't tolerate Alfalfa hay. It'll give them diharea. You certainly don't want to chance that.
A mineral block is also a good thing to keep handy for him. Put it close to his water-source.
Try to divide his daily feed-ration into 3 servings. Two will do but 3X daily is best. Throw him a wafer of hay at the same time.
And yeah, DO de-worm the poor thing.
Give him a couple of days after the wormer and after he gets into his improved feeding program...... then locate a pile of manure and break-up a few pieces. If you see a LOT of un-digested hay in there, he MIGHT need a few doses of Probios, to restore the "good" bacteria in his digestive system.
Watch for cribbing. Rescue horses are often cribbers. If that is the case with your new guy, you'll need to address that also.
Hope this helps.