She does seem to really like the new one! I'm sure it doesn't hurt that it's basically like the darkest sunglasses ever (yes, I tested it...
) and since her eyes are photosensitive, bam, a match made in heaven!
On the "wearing flymasks at night" front, basically she's learned to like it.
I don't know whether she's a genius or what but she definitely seems to understand the connection between flymask=comfy eyes, no flymask=ouchie eyes. But somehow she seems to have picked up that a flymask at night is actually not that bad and so now she looks for her flymask before wandering off after her "bedtime" feeding.
I think it's also helped that I've been using her green mask as the night time one because I feel like that gives her more vision in the dark vs the darker colored ones (wearing sunglasses in a dark room, and all).
I am concerned for the winter time though...will she need to wear a mask then? How will I avoid her getting all kinds of mud in it and mud in her eyes? What about rain+mask? I'm worried. But we'll figure it out. I guess I can be thankful that the initial (well, diagnosed initial, I know she's had episodes before that weren't recognized as such, poor dear!) parts of this "debacle" took place as we went into the spring/summer. Now I know my way around this a bit better.
Maybe I'll make her a mask of clear vinyl+that mesh? Water/mudproof+sunproof?
That could actually work... wahahahahaha!
I'll miss Lady too. She's been a lot of fun. The LOP (Little Old People who own the property) are super super sad. They've really liked having her here with Lacey. They were always worried that Lacey "needed" a horse friend so they thought it was so fantastic that she had a horse friend! Haha
And hopefully I will get to meet Lady Jr (love it!) when she/he is born. How great would that be?
In today's news, I totally trimmed Lacey's front hooves ALL by myself! And she LOVED it!
I've been having the worst trouble with farriers/trimmers. I just cannot find one that actually does a good job and it's been the most frustrating thing evvver. I'm just like "I'm paying you $$$ and you don't want to do a good job? Who do you think you are? Brad freaking Pitt? Johnny goshdarn Depp? What? Is that a no I hear? THEN DO YOUR JOB!!!"
Anyhoo, I got myself a rasp and have taken the plunge. I've wanted to learn before but at the time, I thought
(wrongly) that the hoof care Lacey was receiving was adequate, at worst. Apparently NOT.
Then, I recently switched farrier to someone who was initially better but after 3 trims, his work is steadily going downhill and I don't really want to stick around for the 12th or 20th trim.
So I decided to strike out on my own. I've done two lil raspings here and there but nothing "major". Tonight I went there. I read up, got my hoof parts down, created a game plan, educated myself on WHAT her hooves should look like, and went for it.
I've noticed some white line stretching which has bothered me in the past, but I figured that the trimmer/farrier was on top of it. In my reading, I've determined that that stretching I'm seeing really isn't great. Some horses can deal but over this summer, Lacey has seemed stiffer+stiffer and I'm wondering if that could be because of the things I'm seeing.
Anyway, so I did what felt like a lot to me (ie, nothing to someone who does that everyday) and got her wall backed up to the white line and rounded it off pretty hard.
I was initially worried I had done too much but literally AS SOON as the first "done" hoof hit the ground, Lacey stretched her back, her neck, licked+chewed, and stretched that leg as forward as it could go, then slowly dragged it back (like I've been teaching her! I've been stretching her everyday to hopefully help with that stiffness I've been seeing)!! I did the other front and got the EXACT same reaction.
I guess someone
had opinions about their previous hoof care and perhaps they like their new hoof care person better?
I'm going to do her back ones tomorrow. I can't wait to see her reaction.
The other interesting thing I noticed about trimming is that you can't push/force the rasp. I hadn't really figured it out before and I think I was trying to force the rasp. I discovered today that if I just let the rasp do it's own work, things work out pretty well!
Anyway, that was super rewarding to trim Lacey's hooves myself and see her have such a good reaction to it. It feels great to make her feel better!
The other thing is that once I had done that, I realized just how misshapen her hooves are! Her heels are actually really pretty contracted, compared to how I thought they were "perfect" and the front to back balance of her hoof is really rather off (contracted frog, contracted heels, toe flare, etc). That means that she's been having some "not great" work for quite some time. Hopefully I can make a difference in that for her+we'll be on the road to beast hooves in no time...