I know some of the pix I posted earlier in the thread caused more than a little concern - please - no one send the sheriff out again! (That was a bit disconcerting)
Truth be told, we had just come back from a two week vacation. Daughter was supposed to stay home and take care of the animals, but at the last minute, she and her family decided to come along. She had a "friend" who lived nearby agree to feed all the animals, and gave her a list of who gets what.
When we got home, we learned that "friend" had headed for Texas, leaving all her kids behind with her mother. Her mother isn't young, was was terrified of the horses. She watered them, but once they dragged their feed buckets beyond her reach, she didn't feed them any more because she was afraid to go in the pen with them. So, basically, the only animals that got fed were the chickens and the goats. It's amazing how quickly a horse can lose weight. I'm just glad it wasn't any worse.
Needless to say, the other horses are regaining their weight, but Dancer is nursing her new baby, and although it's been less than a week, she doesn't appear to be gaining anything. This begs the question: What the heck to feed her so she's gain weight while nursing a foal?
She gets soaked beet pulp and alfafla pellets, along with a pelleted feed called "Paddock" that is produced locally. It's a 14% forage based feed with lots of vitamins and minerals. She's feed twice a day, with a Paddock "snack" for lunch. She frequently doesn't finish all her feed. Guess it's pretty boring, our other horses don't always eat it all, either. Fortunately, although Dancer doesn't appear to have gained any weight, Rain is looking pretty good!
Dancer on 06/19/10, nine days before foaling: IM001529.jpg
Dancer on 06/28/10, 12 hours after foaling: IM001535.jpg
Dances with Rain 12 hours after foaling: IM001537.jpg
Dancer and Rain today: IM001556.jpg
Rain today (just for kicks): IM001557.jpg
Note the black creeping up her legs - and get a load of those EARS!
Any recommendations on putting weight on Dancer would be greatly appreciated!