Tempest it probably is just cosmetic, but at this point she needs all the cosmetic help she can get. LOL. Glad to hear that your gelding was able to have his taken off with no trace of it ever being there; that's what I'm hoping for!
On another note, have you guys noticed that all of her bumps, scabs, scratches, and punctures have usually been on her left side? Makes me wonder if she has any eye trouble in that left eye that makes her depth perception weird...or if her depth perception is just off in general. I've never seen a filly that thought it could fit through spaces as small as she thinks she can. I've just attributed it to being because she was so skinny/tiny before and she doesn't realize she's any bigger now, but maybe it actually is an issue with her. I have NO idea how you check a horse's DP though. "Kenzie, please tell me approximately how far away you believe that this bucket it from your body in inches...." LOL. She also appears to think that jumping through small spaces is a good idea too. No wonder she's always banging herself up ._. Yesterday I made the mistake of leaving her in that pen untied and eating while I went to grab her bottle of probios. The gate was open about a foot and a half but I didn't think that would be a problem since she was busy eating. I guess she decided she needed to come help me instead of eat breakfast though, because about 30 seconds later one of my friends on the porch yells over to me "Uhh....Allyson, is Kenzie supposed to be out?" I look back, and she's like a foot behind me, following quietly like she was still attached to me by a lead rope O_O According to them she had decided to run/squeeze/jump through the gate opening that should NOT have been wide enough for her, cantered up behind me without me noticing (Geez....good thing she wasn't an armed robber!) and started following like "yep, we're going to go get some stuff right now, nothin' to see here..."
Moral of the story, don't underestimate Kenzie, and don't leave her thinking she'll be too absorbed by her food to get herself into trouble. She is seriously the most ADD horse ever when it comes to eating.
ANYWAYS, back on topic xD I guess I will just have to nix the BP. I've already tried soaking it less (she'll eat a tiny more but not enough to make a difference), putting applesauce in it, mixing it in really well, putting her DuMor (which she loves) on it...but she knows what I'm trying to do I think! Lol. I still have a bag and a half of it so I guess I'll just put a few cups in her feed at a time in order to get rid of it since no one else at the farm feeds BP, then I'll move on to something else. I can't say I will mind not having to soak it every day, twice a day!
I might just try the rice bran, though its a more expensive option. She'd eat less of it though so I doubt it will be too big of a difference. How much do you think I should give her? Her pasture mate, who is a whopping 1300 lbs when at ideal weight, eats a pound...so maybe half a pound? Another option (which I'd never heard of before) is Black Oil Sunflower Seeds. Family P suggested it to me because they feed it to their hard keeping gelding, and they said it helps a lot with weight and coat health. Have you guys ever heard of that? They said it was at TSC but the only one I saw was labled "black oil sunflower BIRD FOOD"...eeesh. Scott Pet Black Oil Sunflower Bird Feed, 6 lb. - Tractor Supply Online Store
How do I know if its just pure seeds or not, versus having some weird chemical or something in it?
Egrogan- isn't it fantastic? I can't believe how well it bounced back. Its definitely a little quirky looking, but it kind of fits her personality xD
Weird, but I kind of wonder what it looks like when she's 'pinning' her ears. Not that I'm going to try making her mad to find out. I have actually never seen her pin her ears that I know of, which is crazy! Sour pins her ears at me if I even make a funny face at her, but I can shove a thermometer up Kenzie's butt, scare her (accidentally), push her away, wash her, deny her food....and she has never pinned her ears. The most she does is do this weird floppy dejected look and flap her lips at me, which is a little odd in itself. I don't think she even knows how to be mean or intimidating xD