Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Painting Finished and a Mystery Solved, Too!

I'm calling this done. I am not 100% thrilled, but then, when am I???

His Imperial Nooginess, at dinner. Note the tummy bulging beyond the extent of his rump - definitely not good.

A better view of his too well-fed tummy.

Electric rope pulled down all along the back fence line.

Bruno was a very busy lad.

You can see where he chomped the richer grass right down to the ground.

He even pulled the plastic guides for the electric wire out of the fence posts.


The mystery was Bruno's increasing girth.  For the past week, he had been fed the same amount, and yet was gaining weight.  It had reached the point where I was worried, and cutting back his hay to bring his tummy down.
 A few years ago, I had a beautiful Hanoverian mare who also loved her food.  I did not realize the seriousness of the weight problem, and as a result, she developed laminitis, foundered and I had to have her euthanized.  I didn't think I would ever get over it.  We had been together for almost twenty years.  So now, I am very alert to weight gain in a horse.
Back to Bruno.  He was still too big in the girth, so I thought to go out in the field this afternoon to see if I could find his secret stash.  I  did, and now the fence is re-done, re-wired, and the lad's weight should come back to normal in the next few days.

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