A Chunky Lil' Bastard
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When Bast moved in January, I had hopes we could put more weight on him. The care at this barn is far more hands on, and the pastures are well known for being highly nutritious. Pig never struggled to keep his weight high at this farm, and rarely needed much grain to supplement.
|Who remembers this lard-butt from just before his retirement?|
|Bast, January 2019|
There's no substitute for forage with a thoroughbred. Overnight, the grass started peeking up and Bast's rib coverage started to develop. In mid April we dropped his grain down to 4lbs of Ultium and 1lb of Enrich daily to compensate. He was still getting 3/4lb of alfalfa when I rode.
|Late April 2019, looking amazing.|
When I next saw him, he had butt dimples.
|The Chunker in action, late April 2019|
|The development of fat pads around his tail is concerning to me.|
|May 11, 2019|
|"Hey, who you callin' fat?"|
|More butt divots than a hunter pony.|