Join Date: May 2016
Location: The boondocks of Kansas
• Horses: 0
Kudos for rescuing the horse, but there are some issues with your knowledge of horses that need to be addressed.
First, horses should be fed by weight not flakes of hay or cups of feed. Normally horses need 1 1/2% to 2% of their ideal body weight and should have hay or good pasture available 24 hours per day. A horse's stomach produces acid even when no feed is present so there's a great risk of ulcers if left without feed.
Second, horses are a herd animal and need a buddy to help with watching out for predators, playing, protection when sleeping, and just companionship.
Third, horses do need protection from the weather, especially in ice, snow, high winds, extreme cold----that protection can be a good shelter belt, a stall, a 3 sided shed, etc as long as it offers protection and doesn't leak.
Fourth, any rescue horse should be examined by a vet, preferably one who specializes in equines, to assess his overall physical health, run a Fecal Egg Count so you know what type of worms he has and what class of wormer to use (the pellets you gave him for worming were probably useless), update his vaccinations, and treat any injuries. The vet can also advise you about feeding and care.
Fifth, horses need to have their hooves at least trimmed by a knowledgeable farrier usually every 6 to 8 weeks so you need to ask any horse people you know for recommendations.
Good luck and enjoy horse ownership!