It’s been just over a month since Birdie arrived in my life and she’s already a changed pony.
Birdie had been off the track for a year when I got her but spent the majority of that time sitting in a paddock not getting too much attention. She had a month of schooling a couple of months before I got her but otherwise was left to her own devices.
She was in pretty light condition when she arrived with a bit of rain scald and mud fever. Her hooves were long and cracked too with seedy toe in all four hooves. But one (and a bit) months having hard feed poured down her throat, a farrier visit, and copious amount of skin creams have really helped her glow up.
You can see in the above picture she is looking pretty different. Her ribs have filled in, as has her rump and she is even getting a teeny bit of topline! Miracles happen! To be fair, these photos were taken at different times of day and in different light conditions so the harsher light of the first photo does emphasise the ribs and other sticky out bits but there is still a very noticeable difference.
Her attitude and behaviour is better too. She was pretty strung out when she first arrived, especially when it came to being handled on the ground. She paced non-stop when I had her tied up and lost the plot when removed from her mate Buddy or when I went out of sight but now she is pretty good about being tied up and doesn’t try to escape whenever when I pop to the tack room. We’ve still got some work to do but if I reflect on what it was like when she first arrived, I realise she has already come a long way.
I’ll do another photo at 6 months I think – hopefully she is super muscley by then and she has learned how to not kick me (that’s a story for another day).