Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: State of Confusion (SC)
Blossom has settled into her stall rest like a champ. The first couple of days were rocky, but she's adjusted well. I wish I could say the same for my husband's gelding. We've had to watch him like a hawk because he's been totally depressed and bent out of shape. I THINK because she's stalled and he isn't!
She is in both their stalls with the divider back, so it's basically a foaling stall...12x24. He's in the paddock right off the stall and spends most of his time standing in front of her stall with his head hanging into the stall. One day he refused to eat his morning feed. That NEVER happens and we went flying out to the barn to see what was going on. All we had to do was let Blossom out and put him in the stall with his food and he scarfed it down! 4 days later he went down in the paddock and allowed us to walk up to him and play with his ears. In the 14 years we have owned him that has never happened! We got him up and I listened to all 4 quadrants, took his temp., checked his refill rate, listened to his heart and counted his breathing....all was fine. He's moping!!! We've started giving him extra attention and at night we've been putting Blossom in her stall, and giving him access to his from the paddock. It seems to be working, he's looking not quite as woebegone, but he has really been giving us a scare. He'll be 23 in Jan., and he's always been a hard keeper. I'll be glad when she's back to normal and they are both back in their pasture. I think it's been harder on DB than it has on Blossom!
I'm not a complete idiot--there are parts missing!
What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.