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        11-11-2012, 06:46 PM
    Weight Check

    Drifter has been out of work for ... a long time... at this point. I am not even sure how long his issues have been going on. He has been on stall rest due to his fractured stifle for what will be going on the 4th week this week. He is being such a trooper about being cooped up.

    We've had to be really strict with his feeding schedule/amount since he is prone to ulcers but so far they still show signs of healing with no flare-ups.

    Up until this point I have had to creatively clean out his stall and add more shavings while keeping him inside. We got the all clear from the vet the other day to let him out while we cleaned his stall. He has gained some weight being on stall rest (I expected this), but I snapped a few pictures of him today and was wondering what you all thought about it. I know he has lost what little muscle tone he had to begin with and has definitely gotten a bigger barrel, but is he dangerously overweight yet? I meant to ask the vet when he was out Friday but I completely forgot amidst all the talk about bone chips, etc and how the rest of Drifter's treatment was going to go.

    Picture 1: I know this picture looks weird. He is not that butt high, it was a slope. I am also standing on said slope, hence the angle effect. I know taking a picture of a horse on an incline is not good for conformation but I'm hoping it is ok for just a pic to judge their weight.

    Picture 2 and 3: he was tied to the fence while I readjusted his stall bedding for him. It was a windy day and I love the one where he is closing his eyes facing into the wind. It looks like he's thankful to finally get a bit of fresh air

    He has 2 more weeks of stall rest and then he will be reevaluated with ultrasound to see if the bone chip in his stifle has reabsorbed. If it has, than he will be in stall rest still but will graduate to slow hand walking for a few minutes each day until eventually he will progress to the point where he will be allowed small amounts of turnout in the round pen. I know he is ready to get to that point, I am too!
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        11-11-2012, 07:01 PM
    He is nowhere close to a dangerous weight, he looks pretty good. Sorry about his injury.
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