Thanks everyone who had a look at my potential new horse on the conformation thread!
Today he passed his Vet Check with flying colours so I bought him!
Now he is coming on a very long journey to get to Darwin. I have rung around till I found a good transporter.They cost a bit more but will stop every six-eight hours or so and unload for 3 hrs and they have one whole overnight stop unloaded.
My concern is that he's coming from a fairly cool climate into the tropics, its hot and sticky here. Is there any way to help him adjust once he gets here? Electrolytes? Or hose him down in the hottest part of the day? He will have a nice shady paddock. They sweat a lot in this weather so maybe salt in his food as well as his salt lick?
Im planning to put him separate from my TB at first to see how they like each other. (TB is scared of other horses!) The paddocks are not adjoining but they can see each other. I figure I'll give them a week or two then put them in adjoining paddocks and finally if that goes well they can go in together. Does that sound like a reasonable plan?
I've got a list of what he has been eating so I can start him off on the same thing.
Is there anything else Im forgetting?
I didnt get to do any preparation for my TB. It was just "Take that horse now or we're going to shoot it!" so he just got potluck!
Any advice is appreciated!