Bit of an update:
I went to visit my lil girl today at the clinic. She had an ileal impaction I learned but she is doing really well right now. I spoke to two different vets, and they both agreed that we should keep her on chopped hay for at least the next four months, and then re-introduce long stem hay and see how she does. It is clear that the weather changing rapidly from warm to cold, or even vice versa in winter has compounded whatever has brought on these impactions, so I am going to look out for trough warmers, and give loose salt to help encourage her to keep drinking. Grazing is encouraged, but of course, its winter here now, so the grazing is also pretty dry.
Anyway! But the plan is, that a few months of chopped hay may give her intestinal system some time to heal and recover from whatever damage or stress it was suffering. If this does not happen, she may have to be on chopped hay forever. But at this stage it still seems hopeful, that she may just need some time.
So my girl had actually lost a lot of weight the last few days, she was obviously kept off food until the obstruction passed, and is looking quite hungry and tucked up. Also, she is a fussy eater, so she is refusing everything except the pellets that I feed her at home... she turned her nose up at bran mashes and hay pellets, soaked or dry.
On a happy note, I could take her for a walk on the premises, and managed to take a few pictures to share:
It was so precious spending some time with her... she was the one taking me for a walk actually! Please just ignore her shaved IV patch and needle marks, they are pretty creepy.
Here she is looking at some horses across the way. I couldn't work out whether she was really interested in them as 'people', or simply envying their full hay racks :)
She is just so cute!
Back in her 'hospital room', she is saying 'howzit' to her across-the-hallway-neighbour, a chestnut mare with the biggest eyes I have ever seen.
So it seems she can come home on Monday, so I'm really looking forward to that. It been a rollercoaster, but hopefully we can move on from all this from now on.