Still stupid cold.
I spit on the ground prior to feeding and when I came back after feeding, 15 minutes later, said spit was totally frozen. SO NOT OK. [but also super cool]
I would be happy if it were this cold but not windy... The wind makes everything so much worse. Die wind, die!
Nothing really new to report.
On the Hazel front, she seemed MUCH happier today. I think double blanketing as the trick.
Her back legs are REALLY stiff though, poor dear. I'm sure it's the cold getting to them.
In terms of "goat years" Hazel is the equivalent to a 63 year old lady while Lacey, in horse years, is about 82. However, out of the two of them, Hazel definitely seems older. Poor thing! I know it's slow going with her and that probaly eventually she'll feel better...but I want her to feel better NOW!
She's basically walking around bending her hocks+stifles as little as possible, like a bow-legged cowboy.
I ordered her a "real" joint supplement tonight which should arrive in about a week. Hopefully that'll give her some relief when it gets here. I currently have her on MSM, like Lacey, but it's really not cutting it with her.
It doesn't help that Atticus is so desperate for someone to play with that he's started jumping on her patootie, then when she turns around to correct him, he leaps away and starts running around like they're playing. And since she's really not feeling so great, she's certainly not going to go chasing after him to put him in his place!
Jerk goat! Atticus is basically like a kid who needs Super Nanny to come lay the law down on him. "Amusingly", if he knows I'm watching, he won't even try to do that to her. But as soon as my back is turned... :(
The only things I have for pain relief are Devil's Claw+Yucca (which I've heard is bad for preggo animals and since she's possibly preggo...), Bute (which I've heard is the worst for ruminants), and MSM. Maybe I'll give her a bigger dose of MSM tomorrow, perhaps that'll help.
Darn Atticus! Grow up, please!
He's very respectful to me and Lacey...just no one else. Lil jerk.
On the Lacey front, I basically made her day today. I've been boiling a pot of water morning+evening which I put in a thermos and carry up to melt the ice in her water tank. It usually only takes about half the thermos of water to melt a reasonable drinking hole and I had just been pouring the rest in the tank...but that seemed like sort of a waste of boiling water.
Today I added that leftover half to Lacey's breakfast grain, turning it into a warm mash, and BOY! She was SO happy. Usually she's a little distracted as she eats but not during breakfast today! She was GLUED to her bucket, with her eyes half closed, slurping away at her alfalfa pellets+rice bran+MSM+mineral supplement.
Then in the evening I did it again, but also realized that perhaps I should give her some raspberry leaves to help her settle about the all the wind (she was ok yesterday about the wind but today the constant stress seems to be really wearing on her). SO I added raspberry leaves and lo and behold, she got raspberry tea for dinner! She basically could not believe her mouth when she tasted that. Pure joy.
It was adorable, I love that girl.
Anyhoo, someone is going to be getting hot water everyday while it's so cold out. :)
That time when you feel like you're petting a polar bear..but it's just a VERY FURRY horse.
happy happy happy with her warm mash.
My muck bucket got really blown away...I had to walk all the way down to the pasture to get it... EXERCISE!
She got to wear a flymask today. Her right (already bad) eye was looking a little swollen. I'm going to give her bute tomorrow to hopefully get it back from whatever it's thinking it wants to do.