Today we mixed it up in the round pen. Lots of changing direction and gait. We moved up to a canter today. Haven't wanted to do that with him yet because of the leg injuries but he did great today. I think he looks forward to the work. He comes right up and drops his head when I come out with a halter. He knows what is going to happen and he seems happy about it. He has to feel better after stretching his legs and getting his heart rate up for a bit.
The swelling in his scrotum and sheath is going down. I'm giving him bute each day as well. He is building muscle so even though he is still really skinny he is looking better.
Chorro is finally starting to think more like a gelding. I turned him back out in a pasture today. He is between the brood mare herd and my small herd. There is space between all the pastures but he can see everyone and get nose to nose with my heard if they stretch their necks out. Normally he would get all studdy and pace the fence and whinny to the mares BUT he just went over and said hi then came right to his feeder to wait for his beet pulp that I had in a bucket. Thinking with his stomach is a good change. He was also very easy to walk out to his pasture even having to walk by the pasture of mares. He pranced a little bit but nothing like he did when he was a stud.
He is slowly gaining weight but still looks terrible. Although, the corn oil has given him a nice shiny coat. He's got a nicer coat than any of the horses out there.
We have taken in a young friends 9 yo Paint gelding that is at least 100 lbs underweight. My vet recommended Purina High Octane Heavyweight for cattle. She said it has given great results. It costs $50 for a bucket, but it lasts a long time.
In 3 weeks he already has gained 30 lbs or more. Course, he has 24/7 grass, but we are dry land and the grass should be losing its nutrition soon. But he looks much better already.
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