Ready everyone?! :O
Here he is! I couldn't get all of him in one picture :P
You can see all the harness rubs on his withers and how the rubs went further and further down his withers as he got skinnier. The breeching and breast collar dents are still there, looks like those just rubbed the fur off, not the skin much.
Tried to get a topline pic but he's freaking tall!
Got my farrier coming tomorrow to fix this:
He's not as terrible as I keep thinking, but he's definitely hollowed out through his hind end a great deal, his front end is rough but not terrible.
His other side hind end, I had to get a blankey on him he was so cold!! I don't usually blanket in medium weather like this but he was really cold I don't think he has enough insulation...
And to brighten all this up!! Here's his beautiful face!! I think this was the first time in 8 years he's had his halter off, his nose is dented and behind his ears are rubbed raw and he's very
itchy, itchy enough to let me rub his ears (he's usually very ear shy).
For reference, this was him about a year and a half ago:
Well there's my pics - So far I've been giving him hay, a little at a time, 2 quarts of very soaked hay cubes (alfalfa and timothy mix) - I'll transition him to just alfalfa pellets, I just was afraid that would be too rich right away. He's drank a full bucket of water (5 gallons) and the hay cube water, so maybe 1 gallon - and had two very sloppy poops. I'm concerned about the sloppiness, but it may just be from all the excitement - he was concerned about the blanket and that was when he passed the first. The second was when he discovered my mare in the stall next to him. She's been squawking and squealing at him all day - which is SO not her, even or TB stallion at the rescue wasn't worth a second look! Not that I wanted them to look twice xD So I think he's settling in well...
I've also groomed him thoroughly and cleaned his sheath - He isn't dropping when he pees, which is odd he usually drops often, especially when he's eating, so it's odd he won't even for peeing. He's shedding a little - I can't wait until he sheds it all out and I can see what's under all that. He feels much skinnier than he looks, that coat is definitely hiding a lot. But hopefully by the time he sheds he'll be healthy
So any more suggestions or help would be hugely appreciated, I'm running out to get some desitin, his scratches (in his feathers) are pretty terrible - I'm hoping a good diet and a dry stall will fix it, in the mean time desitin will ease the burden. Anything else anyone suggest?