Thursday, January 22, 2015

It must be Ulcers: Part 2


I also make Spud do chores while
we wait for Suzie to finish eating.
As per the Vets instructions yesterday morning I ran out to the next town over with Hubs and picked up some Beet Pulp and Metamucil (we do have Metamucil here, but I figured I'd pick it up while we were out anyways).

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.
Anyways, I ended up having to put her in the back with Spud and have her eat the beet pulp out of her feed trough while I fended Spud off. After she ate all her mushy food, I had to deal with the hay. The Vet wanted me to give her food 24/7. Only problem is that Spud is there and Spud doesn't need food 24/7. So my idea? I filled a nibble net with a bunch of hay, hoisted it up high enough that Spud cannot reach it and fed Spud half a flake seperately. At first, Suzie looked at me like, "Dafuq is this?" but then she ate it normally.

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!



8 comments:

  1. yay! Glad she's doing okay! We love our hay nets. :)

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    1. I'm going to have to buy a few [hay nets] so that I can just stuff her morning and evening feed in and just throw them up for quicker use!

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  2. ok 1st: glad Suzie is feeling better and that you're finding reasonable workarounds to keep her happy and EATING!! hopefully she's back to 100% soon.

    2nd: omg SPUD!!!!! i really really can't get enough of him haha - and that pic of him trying to eat Suzie's food is too much lol

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    1. Thank you :) I am glad she is feeling better too.

      LOL. Spud is such a character

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  3. I hope Suzie feels better soon! Spud is very cute!

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  4. Glad your ideas are working and Suzie is feeling better :)

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    1. Sorry I didn't see your reply until now! Thank you!

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