Friday, March 9, 2012

An update on Gringo

Gringo, Gringo, Gringo. Where do I start?

Well, for starters, he's doing okay. His weight has dropped a lot over the winter, and while he needed to lose the weight, the reasons why aren't necessarily good. I definitely need to deworm him soon, the sooner the better. I'm thinking about doing a Power Pak, and then following up with something like Ivermectin. It's been since November since he was dewormed last and I think that may be contributing to his weight loss. For once, you can actually palpate his ribs. Yikes!

So, after the freak snowstorm we had at the end of February, I took the opportunity to take some shots of Gringo on Friday, March 2nd. Some of the highlights of Gringo's photo shoot are down below.

Because of the simplicity of this photo, it's one of my favorites. It was actually either the first or second photo I took of Gringo that day.




I love this picture. You can't really tell it, but Gringo is ducking underneath some tree limbs. He's got his eyes closed and is making himself as small as possible. So typical of Gringo.

Gringo and Mr. T - T is such a stoic, old soul.
Gringo and Jade

Jade and Gringo again

Jade, Gringo and the neck of Mr. T

Mr. T

On to things less pretty, but still equally important. Hooves.

This past Wednesday, Gringo had his hooves trimmed again. Nothing spectacular ... but L thought he may have found an old abscess pocket. Or it was a dirt pocket. He couldn't tell (crappy lighting in the barn). It was somewhere on the sole of the right hind. Wasn't causing Gringo any issues, that I'm aware of, in the past nor right now. So just something to keep an eye on.

Anyways, here's the photos. As usual, the order is left front, left hind, right hind to right front.

This photo looks bad ... but the ground is so uneven. The hoof really isn't that unbalanced.

Not sure what to think about the heels on the hinds. This photo makes everything look really odd, but the following photo doesn't look so bad. So kinda what the fruitbat?!?


So somewhere on the sole of this hoof was an abscess or a clump of dirt. I should've cleaned out his hoof better before taking photos. This is what happens when the barn floor is dirt packed and a bunch of geese and roosters roam freely.

And this is a photo of the sole of the right front. A large chuck of frog is missing. Why? I haven't got a clue. Maybe he was shedding his frog again. Honestly couldn't tell you. 
So, there you have it. The least week or two of Gringo, in photos.

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