-braces flame suit-
Do you have any means to humanely put him out of his suffering?
Unfortunately, not really, without dipping drastically into the emergancy funds we have for our own animals. Our vet charges $200 to euth, and then there is the matter of disposing of a horse when we aren't allowed to bury or burn the body.
Well on the off chance that he was stolen and someone then got scared and dumped him. I would call the radio stations and local news. Get them video and/pictures of the horse. Surely you can get them to do a quick piece on that if you play your cards right. Suggest the possibility that he was stolen.
I would then contact rescues in the area, I would NOT take him to auction. He might not be the kind of horse you would want but hopefully for him, he is the kind someone will want. No horse deserves to be treated poorly. For now, he should have free choice water and free choice hay. Very sad indeed. Good luck and keep us posted.
Can we see some picture too, please?
I doubt he was stolen, considering how he looks. He's grade as can be, with awful conformation. Not to mention, around here it is pretty common for horses to just be dumped - usually in an empty field, but apparently not this time! People are running out of hay and passing along problems.
I hadn't thought about contacting rescues, so I will do that. I don't see the news coming out to do a story for him, as, like I said, this isn't uncommon. The woman we get our hay from had three belgians dumped in her field last year - it just happens here, unfortunately. :/ We just usually get goats/sheep, as our (one and only) horse and other equine are tucked away at the back of the property and can't be seen from the road.
We currently do have him with some hay and water, and we gave him some grain this morning to get him in the trailer. I will try to get pictures tonight or tomorrow of the guy.
For now, I couldn't really take him to an auction, even if I wanted to (which I don't, really, as I do know it'd be a sure fire death sentence for him), as most the auctions won't take a horse as bad as him, especially if it's out of state. That, and I don't want to drive with him in my trailer! He looks like exactly the kind of horse that'd get one in trouble if they were pulled over.
Feed him and take care of him till you figure it out. Any auction you take him to, he is going to the killer.
Frankly if I was in that situation If I could not find anyone to take him I would Put him to sleep.
Cheapest way I have found is if you have a vet school near, take it there, they use the body for necropsies, so cheap on the disposal end.
Other way is find out when the rendering service is going to be in you area and make an appt with vet that day.
I know this is not your problem to do this, but It is not the horses fault.
This is just what I would do.... good luck on your own decision.
If all else fails, I will contact the vet school and see if they'll take him. Again, I don't really want to put much into him if I can avoid it. Although I feel for him, he isn't mine, and I don't want to potentially take away funds I'd use in an emergency involving my animals for him.