I know...the farrier couldn't believe that she's a little over 16 months old. When I brought her out there they actually got upset with me for bringing an extra horse along with the arab and yearling I had said I'd be bringing, until they realized that she indeed WAS the yearling. Poor, scrawny gal xD
I do love that her neck is twice as wide as it was, and that nasty dip between her neck and shoulders has filled in. Her butt isn't a triangle anymore either, which is definitely good. I'm glad that you guys do see potential behind all of the nutrition...it gives me hope. I definitely don't see her being ready to be backed until her fourth year or so, but thats aye-ok with us as long as we can find her a new home that agrees.
I'll just be glad when I can finally see her running again. I haven't seen her go back a old-woman trot yet and I know its because of those poor, nasty feet. Her frogs are like nothing I've ever seen, including my mini mare who had poor hoof care for years. They're probably taking up 1/8 of her hoof instead of half of it, and brittle. The farrier definitely has her work cut out for her!
I'm so encouraged though. This lady has co-written books on barelfoot rehabilitation trimming, and has turned around dozens of horses. One of which is a thoroughbred gelding that they own, named Jolly Rogers. I had the pleasure of getting to take him out for a spin yesterday and he's just such a sweet guy. He's been all over the country on 100 mile endurance races, all barefoot- after an 18 month recovery from severe lameness when they got him off of the track many years ago. I can only hope that the farrier can do the same with Kenzie. Apparently Jolly had abcesses, bad frogs, and underrun heels just like she does, so there is hope! xD even if we do have to grow an entire new foot.
And just because I'm slightly proud of getting to ride him...a picture of us for you guys ;)