Here's an update on Nopie. He's doing well at GEVA, has a voracious appetite and will eat anything you put in front of him. His spirits seem much better and now he's reminding me of our Ole Nopie; he's getting so playful that the volunteers even got him a Jollyball to play with as he stands in his paddock. He is standing well on all legs, which is a good thing, and he's down to only one tab of Bute a day for pain. It does look like he'll have a rather boring existence for the next 9 months or so as his leg heals, but at least (so far, knock on wood) it seems he may mend completely and he can be reschooled as a pleasure horse.
Here are some photos:
Here's Nopie standing in his little paddock outside his stall in the barn. This is where he'll be until his leg is fully healed and he can be moved into a bigger paddock where he can do a little running around without danger of reinjuring himself.
Nopie has a habit of sticking his tongue out, curling it up, and then sucking on it, which means he wants a treat. It's the cutest thing you've ever seen!
Here's Chelle, who hopped into Nopie's paddock to give him some love. But as you can see, he's eyeballing me (the photographer) because he knew I had carrots tucked in my pockets.
GEVA is taking good care of Nopie and can always use donations. There are thirty retired racehorses there, and each and every one of them is special. If you can, please donate. Even five bucks makes a difference. Click here.