It is crazy how fast the time passed by around Christmas! So here is what I have been or we have been doing for this 'almost' a full month.
First of all thank you for all the replies! Every bit of help is appreciated by me and even more by Eleven, probably :)
Couple of days after my last post, when I got back home, I forgot the gate open! I was 'little' tipsy. We realized it when we woke up and of course Eleven was gone! I drove around and ask neighbors but I couldnt find him that day. I also walked couple of miles in the middle of the night, shaking his metal feeding cup with some food in it. Did not work. I kept placing food at the place which I used to feed him daily because I didnt want him to come back home while we are at work, look around, find nothing 'cool' and leave again.
Well it worked. 2-3days later he was back :) He has not left since then& I am more careful with the gate :)
I checked the put together electric fence setups but they were pricier than my liking so I decided to build my setup. Got a 1ohm charger(120$) with 25miles of wire(20$) and metal t posts(4$ each. Plastic step in posts made no sense for the same price) and plastic wire holders(25of them for 7$).
Prepared a ~5000sqf 'cage' for him using those materials. It worked good but we decided that we did not like the idea of locking him up like that. I mean, 2.5acre is probably small for a horse too but still better than 5k sqf.
We took the electric fence down and let him have the whole land since then.
I got a wheelbarrel(?) and started collecting all the poop I can find:) I then pick the dryest looking ones and place them around the trees and other plants.
It is not so difficult to keep the land poop free because he always does it on top of the old one.
His ribs are still visible but I am not worried about it because the coldest part of the winter is over. I got down to 15F for couple of nights which is really really cold for this part of Texas. He still has no shed and he survived!
I have been feeding him with that fruity stuff mixed with pellets and now I also give him some Alfalfa(?) hay. From what you guys have been telling me and what I was reading online, it is rich food so I give him just a little bit, twice a day. Small square bale lasted for over 2 weeks that way. He loves it lol
Sales person at the feed store also told me to lover the fruity ingredient of his diet when the weather gets warmer, gradually( important part!). He said since the weather gets really hot, Eleven might end up having too many 'calories' and run hot.
Is it true?
Eleven now knows his name and shows up whenever I call him! He is getting used to the instructions I give him too. While my hand is on his back and kind of guiding him, he stops, walks or backs up by command. I also help him to understand what I want by moving my hand on his back just like the little kids play with the toy cars.
There has bever been a dangerous moment yet except the time he almost stepped on my feet by mistake. I have been trying to put steel toe shoes since that day if I am going to be around him for long period of time.
Now we trust to each other a little more and I am able to brush all over him so it doesnt look like grass is growing out of his back :)
We also found a puppy a week ago! Her name is Nugget and Eleven is her 'BBF'!
Let me end it with a picture. (I am trying to figure out a way to convert the shed, which is visible on the picture, to Eleven' 'room')