I'd say he doesn't look half bad for being tied up to a gate with no food/water. Good thing he has you now...and he is beautiful!
I think they just tied him there because they knew we were coming, but we were over 2 hours away. He could put his head down and eat. He was very very thirsty and sweaty when we put him on the trailer (it was < 40 degrees out) like he had been struggling. He's got a big field now with lots of attention and food and he doesn't have to worry about finding a new home ever again :) Thank you! He is very beautiful. I love his brown nose and his lil socks.