So the vet says the horse has some major ulcers and a stifle issue (which requires some further testing and investigation). She suggested a new diet for the horse, which I'm PRAYING that the owners takes seriously. He still looks pretty bad, but at least there is something to work with now, and somewhere to go from here.
It angers me being unable to do anything more to help the horse on my end of things right now. I know you guys are right about feeding him (especially now that it's confirmed he's got ulcers - and likely other problems too). It's just really hard to sit back and see him suffering when I fear (and suspect) the owner will not give him the care he desperately needs that the vet has outlined for her.
I feel like she should be given the chance to do right by the horse, as she DID call the vet (at least). But waiting so long to do anything is almost unforgiveable, and has caused this poor horse a great deal of pain. As someone who suffers from cancors myself (which aren't the same I know, but close) I cannot imagine having to live with that pain and being unable to stop it.
I'm hoping that he will be a before/after picture horse who will make a miraculous recovery. I fear the worst, but I have hope too.