Miss Lacey is losing weight. I'm both very happy about this and also mildly concerned.
I'm happy because she's constantly trying to be as fat as she can and keeping her on the "safe" of the obesity scale is a constant concern of mine.
But, I'm also concerned because she's currently in a 2 acre+ pasture of nice long lush grass and is she eating it really at all? No.
She has one area near the gate of that field where she's eaten it down to the ground and she grazes there for a couple of hours everyday but she's not really actively grazing...
I'm sure it's partially due to the fact that this pasture is rather steep and she's mostly blind so therefore she's uncomfortable exploring... I think it's getting mowed either today or tomorrow so hopefully that'll help (more sure footing because the ground isn't super obscured by grass...?). I'm also getting a foster horse/buddy for her this weekend/early next week which I'm sure will increase her confidence moving around.
In the other pastures, she seemed fine. Even the other steep one - she had no problem cantering around, even cantering downhill, without even investigating anything anything about it first. Both the fields she's comfortable in are about 1.5 acres each and the fences are pretty visible, unlike the field she's uncomfortable with...
I also am not feeding her Enrich 32 right now. I got a free bag of Nutrena's Safe Choice "Special Care" and decided to just feed her about 3/4lb of that per day to get her supplements in her. I figure with the grass she's eating, her vitamins are probably taken pretty good care of, for now, since the grass appears to be really quality (I know that doesn't necessarily mean much and of course, I'm going back to Enrich 32 after this free bag is done).
She's just on pasture, her supplements, and 3/4lb of Safe Choice. She does have grass hay available in her shelter but she's not having anything to do with it. Really though, who'd prefer stale wheat bread over fresh, home baked bread? Not me!! haha
She's not in imminent danger of starving or anything, just when she's working I can see a rib or two which is very unusual for her, ESPECIALLY given that she's only ridden enough to break a sweat about once a week (I briefly hop on a couple days a week and she has 2 lesson kids who ride her once a week each for about 15 minutes, at the walk, but nothing strenuous).
Anyway, I guess I'm just posting this to make sure there isn't something I've overlooked that guy guys can see. The vet will come out if this is a sign of a major issue, of course!
It could also be an issue of getting older, this year she's been seeming much more susceptible to chills and getting REALLY hot even when it's not that hot out... However, being old is never a good excuse for being thin (hahaha my 27 year old horse's version of "thin" is two ribs showing when she stretches out, take that! haha) so that argument is not valid here.