Yesterday was BG's annual physical with Dr. Cook. I like to schedule annuals after rides, so I can get a blood panel done and check for increased muscle enzymes.
Everything seemed normal. BG's blood panel looked excellent. The only thing Dr. Cook was concerned about is that BG is much too thin. She's slipping from a solid 4 on the body condition scale to a low 4 or maybe even a high 3. You can see every one of her ribs and prominent butt bones. She isn't starving by any means; she's still energetic and happy. She just really needs a little more than 100 pounds before ride season begins again in September. She weight taped at 910 pounds. Our weight watchers goal weight is set at 1050.
To do this, Dr. Cook proposed we increase her grain for around 2 pounds a day to 6 pounds a day, along with her normal 2 cups of oil. If that doesn't work, she has a more serious underlying condition causing the weigh loss. Hind gut acidosis, gastric ulcers, etc.
6 pounds of grain is a lot for a PSSM horse. The grain she's on is only 12% NSC and is 10% fat, so it's probably safe. In Dr. Cook I trust. Hoping for happy muscles and some steady weight gain.
Also, we had a profession photographer at Virginia. Pretty pro photos as soon as I find a way to scan them.