Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Growing pains

The other day I was thinking about how grown up Panama is looking these days. He's about 760 pounds now, according to the tape, and I think he might be a little over 14 hands instead of a little under 14 hands.

In order to show the difference in his size and stature, I found three pictures where he is standing in about the same way every time. The first is at about a year old, on the Fourth of July 2006, just a month after we rescued him. His growth was stunted from poor nutrition and he was almost certainly wormy. You can't see it in this particular picture, but despite the big round belly he was quite ribby.

My horse as a yearling

In the second picture, Panama was nearly two and a half years old. It was taken shortly after we'd brought him to Denver and around the time we started his training. Over about 14 months, his shape filled out, the wormy belly went away, and he grew into his head a bit more.

My horse as a two-year-old

The third picture was taken just days ago. Panama is now four, going on four and a half. You can see how much he is starting to look like an adult horse: His musculature is really developing, his body has lengthened (he has grown into a 66 blanket instead of a 64!), and he has finally finished growing into his head.

My horse as a four-year-old

Looking at these pictures, it's hard to believe that Panama was once that little and gangly-looking. My little ugly duckling has become quite the swan!



At October 28, 2009 at 4:22 AM, Anonymous Veronica said...

He's beautiful!

At October 28, 2009 at 4:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He really is growing up - what a beautiful boy!

At October 28, 2009 at 10:58 AM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Thanks, Kate and Veronica!


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