|Suzie eyeing up the water bucket, but not drinking because she is a jerk.|
The Red Mare has decided to try and see how many shenanigans I can take and surprisingly, she is doing a damn good job at raising my stress levels lately!
Issue #1: Because of the lengthy bouts of rain we have had for the last four days, I have been unable to truly monitor her drinking levels. I had drug the water tub under the lean-to shed and found that, through observation of the tank and doing a pinch test the next day, she was dehydrated. Really mare?! I'm assuming that she hasn't drank any real "good" amount of water since 2-3 days ago and was only getting water from eating grass while it rained.
So, I dug up my sleeves and refilled the tub, fixed the other onsite converted bath-tub waterer, filled up her grain bucket full of water and also filled a white "half-barrel" tub. I also put her hay around the water buckets and showed her each and every one of them. I also put some fresh grass along the sides of one of the tubs and spent some time splashing water on her lips.
I came out about two hours later to check up on her and found that the white tub (pictured) had about 1/4 of the water missing! I checked the tub for leaks just in case, but none could be found. So I made the decision to go ahead and add salt to Suzie's grain and feed her that to stimulate the drinking response. Additionally, I dumped Gatorade into her water bucket that she seems to like. Will be heading out later today to check it out again and see how she has faired. Fingers crossed.
|I hate you, rain rot. You suck.|
Hair is falling out everywhere! *CRIES* My elderly mare is BALD! Short of actually crying, however, I brought out some garlic powder and literally rubbed her down like I was rubbing a steak. Not only did she lick the garlic off of my fingers, but she now smells like she is ready for the BBQ. I'm quite certain that my SO thinks I am losing it, "Garlic powder? For what - the Grizzly bear that's been hanging around lately?"
I'm hoping to have this figured out within the next few days - the sun is shining today so she will be dry, thankfully. Mare likes to stand outside in the rain and graze all day, so it doesn't help!
Issue #3: Mystery lameness. Honestly, when is it not a mystery lameness with Suzie?! Her chiro is coming out today after work so hopefully we will get some answers - her shoulder may be out of alignment again.
But I also went ahead and spoke with the Farrier about her weird onset lameness and the farrier actually didn't see any lameness in the videos I sent her yesterday. So I'm thinking that because there are random rocks through the pasture, she may have a stone bruise. OR, as I am now reading up on - I think she has thrush. I'll have to check when I go back out today to see her hooves and make a real decision on what it actually is. OR I am losing it and she actually isn't lame and I'm making things up. Again.