|I also make Spud do chores while|
we wait for Suzie to finish eating.
I started her on the beet pulp and Metamucil mix that evening and she was more than happy to eat it - but man was she slow! I cleaned her booty [it was semi-disgusting], washed her tail [I also braided it, folded it up and wrapped it with vet-wrap], threw her blanket on to keep her warm and dry, took her temperature [37.2C, so no fever] and cleaned up the tack room. In between all of this, I also chased Suzie around like a lunatic because she was in the barn and Spud was in the back, unable to see her. Spud was whinnying and neighing and carrying on and since Suzie thinks she is Spud's mother, she was all like, "He needs me!" And I was all like, "No, finish your damn beet pulp."
|Spud be like, lemme eat it.. Puhleaseee.|
This morning to feed Suzie her beet pulp, I pulled her out of the paddock again and threw some hay at Spud to keep him quiet. She only finished about 1/2 of the bucket and then got bored and felt the need to go back and see Spud. This "neediness" and dependancy on eachother will be fixed as it warms up and I ride more, but for now, I cannot argue with my senior mare. If I try to keep her out, she won't finish her beet pulp and it sets us back in her tummy issues even further. So, initially, I am pulling her out, but when she gets argumentive, I put her back with her bucket and fend Spud off.
The hay net has been working out fantastically, as I'm already starting to notice that there is less hay waste on the ground rather than when I feed in the feedbox. And I also have been checking mare's behind and so far it's staying clean, which is perfect. She is already starting to smell less, so hopefully a week of this helpful fibre will be all she needs to feel 100% again. The Vet has also okayed me riding her, so tomorrow we head out to the indoor in the next town for my first ride of the season!