A month has passed since switching Nakai to stall board. Mechele’s suspicions about feeding time being unduly stressful for him seems correct. It took a few days for his new routine to sink in, but Nakai enjoys his “room”. A few times now I’ve walked into the barn at 10:30-11 on weekend mornings to find Nakai just finishing his grain. According to M, he’s taken to occasionally napping in between finishing breakfast. Clearly, my worries about him settling in were unnecessary.
Almost immediately I saw a big difference in his withers and topline after two weeks, and now he has an nice layer of fat covering his ribs and his tail head. He’s filling in behind his withers, and we’re once again working on improving that topline. I wasn’t sure how quickly he would loose muscle mass or fitness, but it’s not as bad as I anticipated. He’s back up to enjoying 5+ mile hacks at home and had no problem completing Green Lane last weekend (He finished with plenty left in the tank).
Side note, but after clipping him I found two large (almost completely identical in location) white spots under his winter coat. They weren’t solid white, like a pressure point would be, and instead were almost lace-like in pattern. Apparently only half of the hair there is white, because as his clip grew in the white spots disappeared (see the most recent picture).
Thank Lawd he’s a such an expressive mover, because he’s not much to look at when he’s just standing around…