Well I’m happy to report that just last night, at the end of the last tube of the first box of Marquis, I finally saw what I’m considering a Glimmer of Hope.
Our awesome neighbor, Billy Dean of Dean Brothers Excavating in Jamestown, Ohio (note shameless plug), came down to help scrape some mud out of Traveler’s pen and shove some gravel in there instead. It really helped out, it was right where Trav stood most of the day. You may be able to see it in the video if you look close. But as I got him out of the pen to tie him up, I noticed something strange: he wasn’t dragging his back toes. His back end was still wobbly and the best way I can describe it is it was like watching someone who’d been semi-paralyzed try to walk again for the first time, very labored and “on purpose”. Where we take walking for granted as it comes almost subconsciously to us, to him, it was as if he was forcibly trying to walk. But the point is that he wasn’t dragging his toes. They were actually clearing ground. I couldn’t believe it. I got some video of it earlier today but have been down for the count with strep throat and a migraine. But without further ado, here’s the video.
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Here’s for hoping this is the first sign of many improvements to come.
I also got a couple shots of his rump, where you can clearly see the muscle loss.