No cakes or hats for this fella but he did get a dose of Banamine literally two hours before these pictures because he colicked
He is also the horse in avatar, at age 16. Duke (Bonafide Genious) turned 25 October 3rd. Being a TWH and the fact that TWH breeders have been known to stretch the truth about age like the TB breeders do, he was probably 25 by June - lol
Duke is my horse with Equine Metabolic Syndrome, hind gut ulcers, and lipomas in the GI tract. It's the lipomas that contribute heavily to his colic episodes. He ended up colicking again at 12 midnight. I alternately sat a stool in the paddock with him and walked him until 1:30 AM.
He's fine now and I still have one full tube of Banamine in the refrigerator but I still am having Mr. WTW to the vet's on his lunch hour for two more tubes. Temps will peak at around 84 today and not get out of the low 60's by Sunday. If I have all that Banamine sitting in the frig, nobody will colic on me
Anyway, this is my heart of horse of 22 years who has never made a mistake, never bit, bucked reared or kicked. The vet loves him because he has always stood still and tolerated the most unsavory of pokes and prods into his cavities and eye socket.
His alpha-dominant-stand-offish-self picked me all those years ago, and we've been a perfect match. We used to delight in being gone 8 - 10 hours, come slidin' in sideways and say "that was fun, what's next?!" Neither of us can do that anymore so, when he colics and I'm waiting for the Banamine to kick in, we talk about the Good Old Days
Happy Happy 25th Birthday Duke, for however many more years we have----