Friday, May 21, 2021

Trying to be objective

I looked at Yoshi a week ago and thought "He looks great, he's really finally put on some weight!" And then I tried to pull up comparison pictures. I think I had been doing some deluding myself. I wanted to feel like I had just made life better and better for him since I got him at the beginning of February. But honestly, he came to me in better condition than he was in at the end of March. I think he has gained some weight since then, but we still have a long way to go in both weight and muscle. 

Sales ad picture - Dec or Jan
Very few ribs visible, but also a kind of dark picture 

Feb 5th - the day I brought him home

April 5th - drying after a bath 
Not at all flattering lighting or position here, really emphasizing the ribs

April 9th 
Looking much better than only 4 days prior... think that was a lighting trick again

April 13th

May 10th 
Shot from further behind him than any other picture, making him look a bit downhill

So my attempts to be objective are a complete failure without pictures taken from the same angle with the same lighting with him standing on all 4 feet.

Lesson learned. Now that we're settled at our new place, I'm going to attempt to take monthly comparison pictures. At the same time of day, from the same angle, stood up in roughly the same position. I hesitate to call them progress pictures because I do want to try to be objective about the effects his diet, work, and other factors (massage, chiro, turnout etc) are having on him. I don't want to again assume that I am helping improve him when that may not actually be the case. 


  1. I definitely think he looks better in the last two pictures. You can see the muscle development in his hindquarters. It sounds like you are doing everything you can to support his health and well being!

    1. Thank you! I'm trying, hoping it all will lead to a sound and happy horse.

  2. Lol thoroughbreds are the worst bc they’re always one deep breath away from looking in shambles haha. For real tho Yoshi is a wonderful type and seems to be building in all the right areas with you!!

    1. Your comment made me actually lol. After 15 years with a WB type creature and 1 with a very plump mare, I'm struggling here! And thank you for the kind words!

  3. I think the May picture looks better than the April. I usually count ribs when trying to add weight, which is how I try to stay objective.

    1. That seems like a reasonable way to keep track! Much better than my random lit shots from different angles haha