hahaha YES! She is the loudest eater in the world.
The long fart was my favorite too. I was so glad I caught it for you guys.
She's practically gas powered.
Sooooo, today two things in particular:
I got a text from the rescue people saying Lady "is NOT" pregnant, she's just fat. Now I don't know about you, but I'm not going to believe that until it's been 5+ months with no baby.
Apparently they only ultrasounded which is cool if she's, I think I remember, less than 5 months pregnant. From what I've read, post-5 months preggo, the only truly accurate way to diagnose pregnancy is palpation (something about the baby dropping down lower into the belly, etc). Which they didn't get done.
If she were just THAT obese, I would have figured it would have been showing somewhere other than JUST her belly. Her ribs were/are still easily visible, her neck isn't cresty, all her bone structures are easy to find...I've seen obesity *glares at Lacey* and nothing obese that I've ever seen has looked like Lady. Of course, I'm not well-versed in rehabbing emaciated horses but obese is obese, right?
Anyway, I'm just glad I got "out". Even if Lady isn't preggo, she still was not a good match for Lacey+me.
The barn is soooo peaceful just me and Lacey. It's so nice.
Lacey and I went on a nice long ride today. She was worked up when I got up to her this morning but calmed down pretty immediately. She called a few times as we walked down to the trails (interesting how now that Lady is gone, Lacey is having issues with calling whereas when Lady was here, Lacey was "the quiet one", lol) but as soon as I got on, she pretty much settled down to "work".
We went on our usual ride, 3 miles, did quite a bit of trotting/cantering, some galloping and some walking. She loved it. We both had a really nice time. I think the MAIN thing with Lady was that she didn't give us the "alone-time" we needed together, yknow? It was like either we come back to some fence being broken down or she comes along.
When we got back "home" Lacey actually stayed really settled down. I tied her to the fence to while I went to turn the hose on and she gurgle-whinnied (haha) after me but I talked to her and she was fine.
Then we walked down to the shed and she ate her "lunch". The time that her stress level is the most apparent is around feeding time, imo. She has the hardest time eating all her food if she's at all nervous (constantlyyyy around Lady - price of being the big boss, I guess) but this morning (and this evening too, actually) she's been eating like a some kind of starving waif. Licking her bucket totally clean, munching her grass hay like it's going out of style (this time of year I start putting grass hay out in the shed, just in case the grass isn't great enough. Since I do free-choice grass hay all winter, it pays to get in that mindset early), it's funny.
It is nice to see her eating well again. I had been worried about it previously. I guess that's just more confirmation that Lacey doesn't need an equine buddy, something less less would be better.
And, other bonus, showing how relaxed she is, this morning AND this evening, after I left her post-feeding, she happily stayed in her stall munching hay. When she's feeling nervous/there's something she thinks needs "watching" happening in her world, she pretty much stays up by the front gate (where she headed in last night's video). Up there shares a fence with where she used to like to stand in her old pasture and there's only 3 sides that "need" watching so overall, it feels really safe to her.
Anyway, if she were still super nervous about being on her own, she'd be heading straight up for the gate after I left. The fact that she's not doing that shows a certain level of security that I'm really pleased with.
ALSO, going to go meet "the" goats on Friday. Hopefully these first ones are "the one"'s. Suuuuper excited. I'm sure you can't tell.
The other bonus of goats is that there are SOOO many blackberry bushes in Lacey's pastures. They're probably taking up a full acre of pasture (if they were all consolidated) so, not that Lacey really needs MORE grass, it would
be cool to have access to more of the whole pasture and not just what's currently free. There are quite a few nice spots that one just can't reach because of the darn berry bushes. It's duuumb.
Going to go ask the LOP about goats tomorrow. Wish me luck! They'll probably be like "SURE!!! YOU ARE THE BEST." (they seem to have taken me under their wing like I'm some sort of "old" grandchild...) but sometimes they have interesting ideas. They are reallllly bummed about Lady so we'll see. I'm trying to time it for talking to the lady because she's more the "let's do it! *orders husband to agree*" type while the man is more the "well, there's this problem, this problem, and this problem. None will ever cease to exist and we're all probably going to DIE" type. It's easier to get her ok than his.
I really am like a grandchild/child. I'm such a manipulator. It is THE WORST. It's not my fault I can see weaknesses, right? I just exploit them for good -OLD LADY GOAT+OLD LADY HORSE- not evil!
I'm like the animal version of Batman...
Anyway, that is all.
Tomorrow is "Tack Room Clean Out" day. I'm scared. SO many mice, giant hairy black spiders, snakes, dead mice, etc live in my tack room. However, hopefully once I'm done, the tack room will be a bit less homey feeling for them... *fingers crossed*