I forgot to mention, one of the neighbor is willing to help me as much as I need about anything. He is retired and all he does is to take care of his horses. He has 3 of them. He is also the owner of one of the horses which showed up on that snowy day where everything has begun. All of his horses are females so he is Elevens favorite person alive lol
what a lucky break for you! :). I'm sure your retired horse neighbor will be a great asset to you
I also thought you might be too tall for Eleven but that might change a little after he has filled out next summer.
I wanted to mention it is great you have a cement floor so mud won't be an issue for Eleven.
Folks with cement floors put mats on them, then shavings on top of the mats. Mats are pretty much a must on top of cement to help keep a horses legs from stocking up.
Stocking up is when fluid pools in the tissue of a horse's lower legs (edema) during periods of inactivity. Standing directly on cement can aggravate that:)
Keeping him directly off the cement is especially important because you don't know his work/career and possible injury history:)
He sure is pretty. Just don't let him get too heavy because you then run the risk of him developing metabolic issues. Not too thin --- not too fat, lollol. It's ok if you can see one or two ribs.
One of my horses is seriously insulin resistant (Type II Diabetes in humans), and the vet holds my feet to the fire to keep three ribs showing on this horse all year long. It isn't easy for me because my grandfather raised me to keep chunky horses, lol. My horse is in remission, so I work hard at keeping his weight where the vet wants it. Also, to repeat myself and others, PLEASE get a legal document of ownership on this horse, for yourself. Nobody wants to see the horse returned to where it came from, nor do we want to see your heart broke:)