Arrived September 2021 - Retirement, shod (fronts) to barefoot, EMS and a history of Laminitis
Medical Issues: - Laminitis, EMS
Bamroc's arrival in September 2021:
First Hoof Update - September 2021:
Bamroc has his first trim quite soon after his arrival in September. We can see he has some thrush, slightly contracted heels and some separation at the toe from a bout of Laminitis he had earlier on in the year.
EMS Update - March 2022:
We didn't think to take a photo of Bamroc's face when he first arrived but after being with us for a few months now, we have noticed a huge difference. If you look closely, you can see in the top left image Bamroc had some fat pads sitting just above his eyes. The other 3 photos are very recent - again, not the best photos but you can see he's lost the fat that once sat there.
Second Hoof Update - May 2022:
Body Update - June 2022:
Bamroc has now lost the fat pads that lined his shoulders, eyes and neck (crest). He also had fat pads along his bottom which gave him bum a square appearance which you can see have now disappeared. Although Bam has lost the fat pads, he isn't putting on the healthy weight he should be gaining, with access to adlib hay and a bucket feed daily. We are going to have his teeth examined to see if there's any issues causing this plateau in progress. This weight loss was achieved given Bam the freedom to move, not by restricting his food intake.
Third Hoof Update - August 2022:
In comparison to the photos taken on arrival in September 2021, you can now see there is no longer any laminitic stretch and his heels and hoof in general have widened. You can also see his hoof has continued to grow at the correct angle and his heels have lowered. He no longer has any signs of Laminitis in his feet.
Body Update - August 2022:
After a visit from the dentist, it was found that Bamroc's teeth needed some work doing which meant he hadn't been eating the amount of hay he needed. When horse's are taken off grass which is normally easier to chew, and put onto a hay only diet (no grass), it can highlight some problem areas with the teeth that may have been missed before when on grass. You can see Bam is now starting to gain that healthy weight we were looking for and is also building and defining the muscle along his bottom and shoulder. We are hopeful that in a couple months time he will have gained even more weight in a healthy manner that doesn't risk his metabolic state or his history of Laminitis.
Body Update - November 2022:
As suspected, Bamroc's weight issues were resolved by the dentist visit we had in June 2022 and he is now at a healthy weight without the added EMS fat pads. You can see his bottom is a completely different shape now in comparison to the first photo, taken upon arrival in September 2021, where his bum almost formed a square shape with a bulge above his tail. You can also see he no longer has an obvious, hard crest or bulges of fat above his eyes.