We know little on horses but have just adopted two rescues in severe need.
"Thor" is a 16.1 Saddlebred/Belgian cross whose 14, has been abused and came to us emaciated. Sweet, gentle giant who we're not only treating for the malnourishment, but at 14 some idiot decided there wasnt much to castration and did a poor home job on the big guy...didn't have a regular disinfectant, so doused him with pine sol, which left chemical burns on the skin. Vet says the damage is only cosmetic, so we're applying cocoa butter twice a day to help minimize scarring.
"Venus" is a 2 yr old mare, growth severely stunted from malnourishment. She came in severly emaciated and suffering from a nasty case of rian rot.
We are currently maintaining the diets the rescues started them on which is 1/2 a large coffee can of Safe Choice feed, 1/4 can sweet feed, 1 scoop weight builder and 2 oz. Corn oil X twice a day with free choice hay at all times. Water...they arent overly fond of the heated water trough...have tried adding kool aid but have seen no more appeal from them towards it. Both would seem to prefer trying to find small muddy puddles to drink from. They have a mineral block out and available. We were prepared to blanket them due to their low body weight, but we were advised against it by the shlter operators, as there were concerns it could interfere with their ability to regulate their own heat
We're making sure to spend a lot of time with both each day...frequent brushings as tollerated. For her we're using the anti-fungal spray on her and working on tracking down a good Vitamin A supplement. The 4 acres or so that we have fenced for them...perhaps 25% of it has a good grade to it (20 - 25%) so we're hoping the hillsides will help gently exersize them and help increase muscle.
While this is all very new to us, we would welcome any opinions or suggesstions on additional things we might do for their benefit. We plan on this being their forever home and want to, not only get them back to a good physical health but also hope they will become secure and at ease in their new world.