Drove from NC to WV and back yesterday and picked up a 39? Yr old gelding. His body score is maybe a 2 if you say it fast. He is matted from nose to tail in those little prickly seed pods (we call them cockleburs) The woman said she was feeding him 3-4 lb of Nutrena 12% sweet twice a day (not sure that's true). His hay was a round bale of cattle hay that sat outside his pasture area and they would pull chunks off it once a day. Also he has drank from a creek for the last 20+ years.
It took us maybe an hour to get him to load. It was the first time in 10-15 years. She couldn't remember. Once in the trailer he did really good. He never had any trouble the entire 6 hours. Peed and pooped once during the ride. Has diarrhea bad. Ate maybe 1# of the 12% 2 hours after we got home. Won't touch our hay and didn't drink all night. This am ate about 1# of Triple Crown Sr and 1# of the sweet. Pooped during the night twice - same consistancy. He is walking very stiff but I figure between the trailer ride and now walking on flat land instead of mountains he is sore.
I have already talked to my vet. I called her will we were driving home. We have a feed plan and she is going to come out the first of the week unless I need her sooner.
My main problems are how do I get him to drink from a trough and how do I get this darn burs out of him. I don't know how he will react to clippers. I will take any and all advice on how to care for this boy. He is very sweet and trusting. He seems very strong will too.
As soon as it quits raining I'll get pictures. Oh and he is afraid to go under the shelter. Don't think he's had any in 20+ years either.
I really want this boy to make it. He deserves a touch of the good life.
Thanks in advance for the help.