He'll be arriving in not-so-great condition.
First his diet:
His current diet is very (VERY) limited hay and a 'bucket' of trotter. However much that is, is clearly not enough as he's lost a substantial amount of weight.
My plan is to supply him with well soaked hay cubes, probably alfalfa/timothy mix. Probably 2 quarts, 4 times a day - does that sound right?
As well as hay in a slow-net, I don't want him to have too much too fast and get himself sick - would that be too much right away?
My mare is on a ration balancer (Nutrena Empower grass balancer) should I put him on that? He needs to gain weight should I put him on that plus Ricebran, Oil or alfalfa? Or should I put him on something different all together?
I don't believe he's had any access to anything like salt or any other electrolyte, so I'll add electrolytes to his cubes rather than free choice salt for a while, I don't want him to overdo it right away.
He currently works an excessive amount, on hard surfaces - so I plan on putting him on MSM for his joints.
I'm positive he has ulcers - will the alfalfa in the cubes fix that or should I put him on another supplement to help with that?
His hooves are not-so-nice right now, I plan on having my farrier out immediately to see him, but will probably put him on brewer's yeast as well.
Is there anything else? I'll be introducing each of these things slowly, starting with the cubes.
His feet will be tended to by my wonderful farrier right away.
I'll also have a vet out ASAP to give him a thorough look-over and do his teeth (Which I'm sure are in need). His owners tell me he's been wormed just a week ago - but I'll still have a fecal done.
For a horse who works long hours on hard surfaces with limited hay, underweight and dehydrated - is there anything else I need to be thinking about?
What about his exercise level? He spends about 4 days a week working very hard, the rest in a stall. At my home I plan on turning him out daily and in at night - but there will be a dramatic decrease in exercise. How big a deal is that? I feel like until he's healthy I don't want to work him. Once he is he'll be used for casual trails. Is there anything I need to be concerned with about that?
If there's anything else you can think of that I should know please let me know :)