Blade was never abused or neglected, but I don’t believe he ever truly had a person. Until I met him he stayed in a nice pasture with two other geldings and a run-in shed. He was given two meals a day and never bothered. Some passing visitors would give him a peppermint or two but as far as I know he didn’t get much human contact beyond that for several years.
When I took him home he was a little underweight, had ulcers, and was very photo-bleached. He had quite a bit of muscle atrophy. With treatment and a personalized nutrition plan he has gained weight, filled out, and his coat glistens even when I don’t have time to groom him (seriously, I hadn’t groomed him in a week or so when I took the photos on the right).
All pictures were taken in July of different years. Preventing photo-bleaching has it’s challenges with a dark horse but nutrition plays a key role in his coat health.
I’m quite proud of the transformation I have achieved with Blade mentally, emotionally, and physically.
This is a contribution to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Transformation. See more at https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/