It's been almost three weeks since the OTTBs were brought to the farm, and I just had to do a bit of an update. I'll have a bigger one tomorrow under the same thread, but here are a few pictures from today!
First are some pictures of "Regal", the 5 year old who's still pretty fresh off of the track. She has some major muscle loss due to being crammed into a small stall with another mare and a suckling filly for approximately a month- but I have to say...she's one of the most sturdy, well build, beautiful moving, intelligent Thoroughbreds I've ever seen. Beautiful carriage, floaty movements, a keen eye...she may even be one of the nicer mares of any breed I've seen. I can't wait to see her in all of her glory, muscled out. The suppliments she is on are doing wonders for her. These pictures don't even begin to do her justice. We're having a really hard time though, in that we really want her for our next project lesson horse, but at the same time we know she's very capable of a second show or competition career, and would probably become bored with our program. It doesn't make it any easier on us though!
You can see the atrophy in her hind end and shoulders, but she's still a remarkable animal, after the conditions she was in.
And some pictures of Sierra and her filly, Kenzie. Both are also recovering very quickly. Sierra's thrush is beginning to go away, and she's feeling MUCH better! This is the first time I've seen both of them running. It was a beautiful thing to see what the right food and care can do. Sierra has already gained approximately fifteen pounds, and is still gaining. Kenzie has also snapped out of her scared, lethargic state and is actually acting like the baby that she is.