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Shadow's Introduction

PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 9:49 am
by Juliane
A friend and drill team member asked for help with this beautiful Appy gelding that she rescued as a favor to a friend recently. His story is that he was owned and shown in halter as a yearling by his original owner, who then passed away. A woman inherited Shadow, but kept him at a boarding facility and did not do much with him.

When Jill rescued him, she had to get him caught up on vet work (teeth floating, shots and worming) as well as farrier work. After pumping Shadow full of food, she was concerned when he wasn't gaining weight and had muscle spasms (tying up). The vet suggested he had a muscle myopathy disease, which we think is EPSM. Jill is currently working to get more information from the vet who saw Shadow, Dr. Bob Campbell.

In the meantime, I have worked with Sara (cutiepiepmu) as she is an equine nutritionist. She has given me a 'prescription diet' for Shadow, which consists of lots of beet pulp, oil, vitamins and probios. Also, tons of alfalfa and timothy hay.

He's only been on this diet for a few days, but I think I can already tell a difference in how sucked up he usually is. Here are some pictures of him when he first came to me a week ago. He is about 100 lbs underweight and is very muscularly defined. He doesn't appear to have any body fat. Running your fingers along his sides or topline results in a very lumpy, bumpy surface. I can't wait for it to be smooth!

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2007 6:02 am
by cutiepiepmu
He is awfully pretty though - I can just imagine him all fitted up and rounded out - I left his picture on my counter and am dropping hints like MAD to John lol!!!

Sara