Will he be coming to you trained? If so, you will need to gain his trust! It took me 1 month to gain my horses trust! And escpiecially with a Beliugum it will take a long time to gain his trust! DO NOT RIDE HIM THE FIRST DAY HE COMES, HE WILL HAVE TO SETTLE IN BEFORE YOU RIDE HIM. ITS YOUR NEW HORSE, HE IS COMING FROM A TOTALLY DIFFRENT PLACE I HOPE YOU WILL GIVE HIM TIME TO GET USED TO EVREYTHING! MY SISTERS HORSE MALIBU EVEN AFTER WE HAD HIM FOR TWO YEARS WHEN WE TOOK HIM TO THE BARN MY SISTER RODE HIM ON THE 2 DAY HE WAS THERE AND HE BUCKED HER OFF AND REARED! AND HE IS USSEALLY A SWEETY PIE!
I ENJOYED ANSEWERING YOUR QUISTENS,
Thanks for your response, but there's no need to worry. I won't be riding him until he's healthy. I don't feel Belgians take any longer to earn trust than other horses. That being said I'm not concerned about that, this horse has been my best friend for several years now, he's just finally able to come home where I can care for him up to my standards.
He will have to work on respect though xD I've let him get away with way too much - out of "I miss you so much, ok you can eat my sweatshirt" ^^'
Thanks for your concern but I think we're alright on that end of things :)
Lol don't get me wrong - I love smartpak, especially the fact that they make it easy for horse owners to know what their horse needs - labeling it for the specific purpose. But it would also be nice if every owner did some research and knew what they were giving their horse xD
Thank you all SO much for your support and help ^^ I will probably start with short walks around my property leading up to long walks in areas where we can stop and graze (when he's doing a bit better and able to handle grass). I don't think I'll want to ground drive him honestly, I want him to know he's 'done' - they've shipped him out to farms for winters before to get him healthy again then taken him back. I want him to know it's all over and he can just be a horse again. I'll probably do some CT work, just cause it's fun and it'll keep him thinking.
I'm so excited I think I'm going to explode!! I gotta run to the bank and get the money for him, then the grain store to get him food YAY!! I'll post back later today with all my 'baby' pictures
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?
Take one more picture of his hindend getting both sides in the same picture. You are looking for asymetry which he does look like he has. The other red flag is the way he is standing with his hinds underneath him. Could be he's just tired from the events of the day but it could also be his way of balancing himself. Even in the last picture when he was in good shape, he is much lighter muscled than he should be. (looks more marish) The dried sweat marks also indicate whomever harnessed him had no clue how to properly adjust the harness.
Thanks everyone <3 It means a lot to have this support - I'll get that picture for you in a few minutes, yes he's always been lighter in his hind end. And yes, they hadn't a clue about proper harnessing, which is why his top line is almost entirely white from rubs. They just put it on, let it fall to the lowest spot and tighten all the way -.-' Which at this point in his weight loss has left the surcingle around his belly practically! I can't actually reach up high enough to feel and see if there are any scabs or soars - I'll have to get a step stool :P But whatever's there will heal better now than before.
So assuming he's got EPSM - what diet would I be looking at?
Right now he's still getting hay cubes and small amounts of hay - all I have now is 'compressed hay' I'm not really sure what it is? Someone told me it was fantastic because it has many different types of hay mixed in, but it's new to me which makes me wary, it's also very dry which concerns me.
He's drank down 3 full buckets on top of the 2 gallons of water I've mixed into his hay cubes So that makes about 18 gallons in just a few hours, he hasn't peed yet. I'm thinking he was pretty seriously dehydrated, I should have pinched his skin when I got him, didn't think of it. Now that I am I'm going to go do it all, heart rate, gums, skin pinch and all just to see where he's at and let my vet know. They'll be coming later this week hopefully.
Farrier's coming tomorrow...
So my plan is to make myself a calender for when I'll be adding which item to his diet (obviously a flexible one) - but just so I don't let myself look at his sad state and throw everything at him. I so badly want to feed him everything he wants! But I just can't...
So my plans were, hay cubes with small amounts of hay at a time for the first few days, then maybe switch to alfalfa pellets soaked? I want to add MSM, Brewer's Yeast, Ration Balancer and either Oil, Alfalfa or Rice Bran to help with the calories... Does anyone who knows more than me have any guidance on that? On how long to wait before adding which things? Which are the most important right off? If he has EPSM would any of that even matter? I also found out I don't think he's as old as they say he is - maybe this is wishful thinking on my part, but his teeth aren't long at all. I'll try to get a pic but he's not very good about it xD
Thank you all SO much for your help and continued support! I don't know where I'd be without HorseForum ^^
Awww Punk, what a cutie he is! I have no clue how to help you. Luckily I've never faced this situation before. I just wanted to say he's beautiful and so glad he's back with you so you can get him on the right track.