This is Moose, a 10 month old rescue colt I brought to the farm last month. He was under weight - the vet scored him a 2-2.5 - he had rain rot on about 80% of his body, his feet had never been done and he was very weak in the hind quarters. We started him on mare & foal feed and he is up to 3# twice a day now and unlimited hay. He was wormed the 2nd night here and again 2 weeks later. We have the rain rot under control and almost cleared up. Its been too cold to bath him so we've been working on it with anticeptic wipes. His feet were trimmed and his is looking and acting so much better. My problem is the muscle in the hips just doesn't seem to be developing. He is still very weak and uncoordinated. Last night he tripped, fell over and landed in the water trough.
Be advised that he does have discomfort - maybe slight pain - in his hips if you rub or pat him with slight downward pressure. We are fairly sure the problem was caused by malnutrition before and after birth but aren't sure how perminant the damage is. The vet and I have discussed that if he doesn't start showing improvement in the next 30 to 45 days, it may be more humane to euthanize him. I have gotten very atached to this little s**t and really don't want to take that route.
That brings me to the needing help. Does anyone have any ideas on a "physical therapy" workout to help develope his back end. The vet advised against lungeing due to his age and condition. Hand walking might help but I don't know duration or intensity. Any ideas would be appreciated.
Please help me give Moose a chance at a normal life.