Hi everyone, well it's been quite an eventful month... Leon's results came through and he has no worms, which should have been great news but he is still struggling to gain weight.
Everyday our 10 chickens have been keeping him company in his field, but unfortunately a neighbours dog got loose and killed 8 of our chickens. It was horrible and I think that Leon was traumatized as his whole character changed for a few days. Normally, the minute he hears my car, he's at the fence waiting for me and as soon as he sees me he starts whickering to me, instead he just stayed at the other end of his field and lost interest in his food.
I spent as much time as possible with him and whilst combing his mane I found a couple of ticks which I removed, but I could see a sort of orange coloured crust near the bite mark that I assumed was an infection. My dog gets ticks every so often (even though I use the Frontline drops every month, and have been using the same product but in the spray form on Leon's mane) but I've never seen any sort of discharge so I spoke with the vet and he prescribed a course of antibiotics. This seems to have done the trick and he's perked up no end and is back to eating as much food as possible.
The vet said to wait until just before Xmas to see if his weight picks up (I'm using a weight tape to help gauge any changes) and if we don't see an improvement, then we'll get some more blood work done.
I took him for a ride yesterday and he was full of beans. There's one place where the ground is soft so we usually have a trot then a short canter but he was so excited that once his hooves hit the grass he gave a couple of little bucks and cantered straight away, so I'm hoping that this is a good sign and an even better sign that I didn't fall off!!
I'm hopefully getting a new camera (if Santa's kind to me!) then I'll be able to post some better quality photos but if I don't get chance to post again soon, I wish you all a wonderful Christmas! xx