Thursday, May 14, 2009

Ellie – 05/14/09

Ellie has been here six weeks as of today. She’s finally starting to “bulk up” in my eyes. Until now, it’s just been baby steps, like “oh, she does have a butt”, and “hey, I found her neck”. When taking these pictures today I finally noticed her belly starting to round out. She no longer has that tucked up look under her stomach. Next stop – fat rolls!

Her ribs are almost invisible now. They look more visible in the pictures because when she was still very thin she shed out between her ribs, but still has the grey winter hair over each rib bone. So her hair has brown and white lines where her ribs are, making them more visible.

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Her topline is starting to develop now and her backbone is no longer higher than her back muscles. Her hips are fleshing out and are no longer prominently sticking out, and her butt has more of a square shape than an upside down triangle.

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She’ll start some light groundwork training next week, which will help build and tone her muscles. Her feed regimen hasn’t changed since my last update. The one thing that continues to improve is her personality! She’s become quite the little charmer and looks to me for attention whenever she’s in the yard. She’ll walk up and put her head on my shoulder and pull me in close in an effort to get me to scratch her withers -- which, of course, I always do. :)


April said...

I can't believe how good she looks! And look at the happy Thor next to her :) I don't think she wants to live in the pasture though, you really should make a space for her in the house

sylvia said...

she looks wonderful. i love how you describe her charming personality. how big is she..just curious.

wvfarmgirl said...

Cheeky little ponies can NOT fit in the house! No matter how hard they try.

Sylvia, I have no idea how big she is. I will have to put the tape on her tomorrow and find out for you. I'm terrible about guessing horse height, especially when they're that small. If I had to hazard a guess, I'd say 13 hands. But I'll let you know when I measure her tomorrow.

wvfarmgirl said...

I measured Ellie yesterday at 14 hands. Taller than I thought, but still a shorty. :)

sylvia said...

Thanks ;)
She doesn't look "that big"
I lurve her.....
(are u really open to people showing up? Announced of course. We want to take a drive up north and check out other areas this fall....we only have a year left in charleston. Fall is a beautiful time to drive around afterall....)

wvfarmgirl said...

Of course! Just give me a heads up when you're coming!