Yeah! He has dapples!
I just wanted to let you all know how excited I am! This year, for the first time since I have owned him, Indy has dapples!
Let me explain why this is so monumentous....
When I got Indy he was skinny, wormy, and rain rotten. I haven't gotten a vet to confirm his age, but it is obviously somewhere in his twenties. Poor little old man!
After a few months, his coat improved a lot, and after a few more it seems his parasite problem was taken care of. But he still wasn't where I wanted him with regards to his weight. Finally, I have now been going over to where I keep my horses at my parents an extra time a day and locking him away from my mare for an hour and giving him hay cubes.
I had already tried beet pulp and he wasn't a big fan. I've already been giving him senior feed, but I wanted to keep a lot of fiber in his diet. I was really hoping that the hay cubes would work.
Hazzah! It worked! He has fattened up, his coat is even better looking, and this summer, for the first time, he has dapples!
I have come to understand that dapples are a good sign of a healthy horse, so I consider it an accomplishment that I was able to produce dapples in this old man's coat. It is so nice to know that he is healthier and happier than he has been in a long time. I love providing a good home for my horses!
Thanks for your time! Anybody else experienced something similar?