Thanks Leah! You're the best! :) That's about what Hazel looks like currently (plus fluffy back legs/patootie/udder area and shorn front legs) so maybe I'm not doing as badly as I thought!
Hah, Caroline, you would NOT like Red Cell. Just the smell makes me queasy. It's disgusting.
But it is pretty cool - it perks Lacey and Atti right up! You might want to stomach tube it in if you want to try it.
Like that wouldn't make it more disgusting...what am I thinking? Lol
Yes! I'm loving this summer too. And I love that it's finally getting to be fall-ish. I love the summer but the fall is my absolute favorite. Fall and spring actually..I guess I like the intermediary seasons? Haha
The best weather! :)
On the life front, I've been stalling Lacey at night all week. She's not the biggest fan of it but I think she'll come around once it starts raining. She certainly doesn't hate it so that's good!
I have been having issues with her refusing to pee in the stall. She has a bedded down stall that she could easily+happily pee in but she just refuses. She holds it all night, then when I show up in the morning, is practically dancing at the gate to be let out to pee. I let her out, she pees and comes back down to eat. I've tried reasoning with her (lol) that that can't be good for her blader but something about her stall just makes her not want to pee... Maybe it needs to be more thickly bedded... There's a good 2-3 inches of wood pellet "fluff" inside but maybe she wants more...
Old lady horses, I tell you!
I'm going to buy her a hay net tomorrow because she's been eating like 15lbs of hay/night just to keep herself busy. Hopefully a net will help her eat a bit slower/less...
Even with eating all that hay though, she's looking really good. She's lost her major summer blub and is really at a weight I like to have her at. She's still fluffy by some standards but her ribs are easy to feel and she's muscular where she needs to be muscular - if she were any skinnier, it'd be like "BAM, ribs!" and that would be sad.
On the goat front, I decided that since everyone (Lacey included) is soon to be dewormed for the season (I rarely deworm L but with Lady+the goats this summer, it's likely she's picked up something), I might as well let the goats out and get them acclimatized to the pasture as per my original plan.
I'm going back to school on Monday and it'd be ideal to have the goats out while I'm gone and then stick them back in once I get home.
Anyway, today was "unsupervised roaming" day. I was deep cleaning the tack room (which, btw, looks like a miracle occurred inside - it's THAT clean) so I was there but not really "there".
The goats did SO well! They basically joined up with Lacey and just followed her around - it was the cutest. I'm going to put a small bell on each of their collars tomorrow because Lacey got a little nervous when they'd be close to her and I imagine that having "small", quiet, tripping hazards wandering around your legs might be mildly disconcerting for the old girl... Then, after they had been out for a bit, they just put themselves back into their stall and stood there, baahing at me.
I'm going to let them out tomorrow while I'm gone for a couple of hours so big test day!
I think they should do ok. Lacey's pretty attached to them and she's not afraid to go herding them around - she's such a "jerk", it's the best. Haha But we'll see! And there's enough vegetation that they really like in the pastures to keep them pretty busy.
Also, tomorrow is my 22nd birthday.
Growing up is weird. First you're five and then suddenly you're 22 and you wonder where it all went...