Fair Weather Stan, the multiple graded stakes winner who nearly died of starvation in January, is so fat with good health that his rescuer claims he has a “muffin top.”
As in, not-ready-for-the-beach “muffin top.”
“He’s now just under 1,200 pounds and I’ve finally been able to reduce his feed to a normal amount,” says well-known off-track Thoroughbred trainer Lisa Molloy.
Under constant care and supervision since he first arrived wobbling off the van at her Virginia-based facility, Lisa Molloy Training Stables, Stan has since blossomed with health.
Molloy explains, “He was fed a high protein, high fat diet starting off with 18 pounds per day of grain, plus Free Choice Orchard Grass and alfalfa. Blue Seal kindly donated a substantial amount of their Demand high protein pellet, and he just packed on the pounds.
“He gained over 250 pounds in approximately three months.”
In addition to the high-octane feed, he was also on Red Cell supplements to help with anemia, which has rectified itself as his health improved, she says.
He has made a complete turnaround since he took his first tentative steps at Molloy’s Thoroughbred re-homing facility.
Known as a “fighter on the track,” who’d earned $300,000 in 39 starts, Fair Weather Stan seemed pretty beaten down by life.
Sire: Tiger Ridge, by Mister Baileys
Dam: J’s Toy
Foal date: May 13, 2004
He had a body score of 2 out of 10, and wobbled so badly when Molloy unloaded him, that the longtime horseman was afraid he would die that night.
She covered him with a blanket, and bedding him down with plenty of food, left the barn with a sinking feeling. “He was the worst case I’ve ever seen,” says Molloy, who works for Thoroughbred charities ReRun, Inc., and Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue.
“When he first came, he wouldn’t lift his head” from his food, Molloy says in an earlier interview with Off Track Thoroughbreds.com. “Then he realized meals were coming in a sufficient amount, and at the same time, so now he’ll lift his head up and he’ll watch me.”
Stan now can’t take his eyes off Molloy when she enters his paddock, and if she takes too much time to come to him, he becomes a little demanding of her attention.
“If he’s outside and calls to me, I sure better hurry myself up and get him,” she says, noting that if she dawdles, Stan will chase her!
She also recently started him under saddle. “Stan was shocked to find out he was required to do something, and although he is not a fan of the arena, he loves to go trail riding,” she says.
Although he may be a bit finicky at the moment, Molloy is confident that by the time she unveils him at the Thoroughbred Celebration Horse Show in Virginia this June, he will be happy to strut his stuff.
She is currently riding him on trails four days a week, doing light jogs and walking, as they explore the 150 acres surrounding her farm.
As he builds up his strength and fitness, Molloy grows increasingly excited to enter him in the War Horse division of the June horse show.
“If any horse deserves to earn the title of War Horse, Stan does, after all he’s been through,” she says.