So I brought home my new gelding yesterday, and he is very much underweight. He needs about another 50-100 pounds slapped on his ribs. His coat is a ball of fluff, falling out everytime you touh him, and he is so dull it's not even funny. I'm going to put him on our weight gain supplement and some performance horse grain, along with about four flakes of grass hay every day and two flakes alfalfa if he's not out on the pasture. Since the pasture is very overgrown as it is, he'll only get the grain if he's out there.
I was also thinking should drive down and pick him up some Ivermectin for worming. That lady we bought him from had absolutely no money to feed her horses and she was scared to death that if she put him out on the field out front someone would call animal control he's so bad-looking. But it kills me, because it was cold so she could've blanketed him and he would've gotten so fat out there, really fast.
So I guess my question is, is there anything else I can do to get him back up to speed? I wanna start taking him out to the expo ASAP so I can get him schooled and used to me before we doing any competition, and obviously I'm not going to compete until he's ready. He needs to get a bit fatter, shed out, and be just a bit more supple in his mouth.