For those of you who have seen my previous post about our new horse, I thought I'd make a clean thread to give you an update (for those of you who are actually interested).
Anyway, to the update.
The vet was out, said he looked like he hadn't been fed in about six months or so. The farrier was also out to look at his feet (they were really bad) and he fixed them all up.
The vet says that all his injuries are treatable and he should be able to make a full recovery.
We've been feeding him three small portions of grain a day (morning noon, and night) with medicine to help him digest his food. He's also getting hay and he has an automatic watering system in his stall.
He had his first bath yesterday and he did very well. We walked him up to our house from the barn (about 1/8th mile) and he did not spook at any cars that went by, or our dog, so that's good.
He is very gentle and loving. It doesn't seem like there's any psychological damage to him as a result of his prior situation. He is not afraid of people - in fact, he is a huge attention hog!
We kept him for the first day just in his stall and we kept our other two horses in the pasture. They could see each other, but were not able to approach.
The second day we put him in our large back stall (the size of four regular stalls), and let him interact with the horses over the gates. He and our lead mare did not get along at all. She behaved very aggressively toward him.
The third day (yesterday) we put our mare in the back stall and put the new guy and our second horse out in the pasture together. I'm pretty sure this was his first time in a grass pasture in a very long time.
Those two (both geldings) hit it off immediately. There was no aggressive behavior at all. After letting them sniff noses, they went off together and have just been following each other around the pasture since then.
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We haven't let the mare out with him yet. She takes longer than our gelding to accept others. But the boys are acting like long lost brothers at the moment. Where one goes, the other goes. It will be interesting to see which of them ends up being dominant over the other since they both seem to be equally submissive.
I'll probably continue to post updates and pictures on this thread for anyone who wishes to keep up with his progress. And also because I'm super excited about him. :)