SS, the Sassaby does kind of look like Atticus! Now we see what he's going for....we see what you did there, Atticus! haha!
Right? Lacey really is queen of deer! She just loves them and they love her. I love them too so extra bonus for that! haha Thankfully they don't seem to have figured out about the food in the shed. Or perhaps they have but don't care. I know they drink out of the water tub by the gate, they probably drink out of the shed-water too. Thankfully there's enough brush and stuff around that I don't think they really have a need to eat dried grass, you know?
But in any case, if they want to eat some hay, I'm happy to share. :)
Thanks Kayella! I would like to find some straight ammonium chloride but I'm not sure where to find it. I've tried looking at my local feedstores but it appears that the places I'm used to going cater more towards horse/cattle people (selection for goat/sheep stuff is VERY limited). I probably need to order it online. Thankfully the mineral supplement I give them everyday has ammonium chloride in it so hopefully that's enough.
Cruiser, I had been feeding them ACV too, but then I realized that the vinegar I was buying was "Apple Cider FLAVORED" vinegar and that threw me off...so I stopped. Is AC flavored vinegar "good enough"? So confused. haha
Roperchick, it'll be HILARIOUS! I can't wait. hahahahaha! I expect that she'll probably be less traumatized than we all expect, I mean she's been shorn every 6 months/year for her 9 years of life... And this time I'm going to use clippers like I did when I shaved her patootie and she really did not mind that t all!
She's gonna look funnnyyyyyyy! haha
That's a great idea, Chevaux! I'll see what I can do about that once it's all shaved off+clean.
Thanks, Lockwood! I had a thought today - the grass is just starting to come in all green+fresh and he's been obsessing about grazing on that tasty tasty grass, perhaps he's just overindulging and giving himself an upset tummy. His poops have been normal but that doesn't mean that his tummy feels fantastic. He was a late March baby last year so he's never experienced that whole young grass-thing..
I've given him probiotics everyday in his food for the last few days and he seems a whole lot happier on them right now. Not that he was specifically "unhappy" for any length of time but there was just something...like he was acting needier or something. Anyway, everyday that I've given him probios, he acts fine but then on the days I don't give them to him, he starts doing weird stuff - happy stuff, but weirder than normal. haha
Fingers crossed, I've been keeping an eye out for him peeing and I've been making sure his tummy doesn't get hard. So hopefully the young grass is all it is...
First, last Saturday, my mom and I discovered this new 100% gluten free bakery that's super close to us. Sooooo someone (ME!!) definitely got a crazy delicious cinnamon roll!
It was AMAZING. All gooey, soft, and tasty, JUST like a "normal" cinnamon roll would be!! I actually took a bite, then finished a few hours later, just to make sure, because it sort of freaked me out with how wheat-like it was!! hahahaha!
It was $5 so not something I could get allll the time but it was sure a nice treat!
Then, also on Saturday, the hoof trimmer I used to use came out to give me some pointers with Lacey's hooves and to do Hazel's (her back hooves had gotten out of control so I needed someone who knew what they were doing to get them back to "ground zero").
The kiddos were not impressed with having to stand tied for a boringgggggg 1.5 hours. They miraculously survived. ;)
Speaking of green grass, SPRING!!!
"Guys, I see Lacey roll everyday...I think I'm going to try it! My back is just SO itchy from all the shedding I'm going through right now!!"
He got his horn stuck in the ground and I had to "save" him. hahaha!
This is an example of the "weirdness" that's been going on - stopped since he's been getting Probios.
Then, today. I got home a good half hour early so I took that time to work Miss Lacey.
I figured we should start building up her stamina+such because once we hit those trails, she is gonna die on the hills if she's not prepped first.
So I took her in the steep pasture (lower pasture) and lunged her on the hill. One side of our circle had a big log in it so she couldn't do her favorite "OMG! This is a HILL!! I'm going to get out of control and run SO FAST and ignore all your commands!" Instead, she had to focus on her circle and getting herself over the log. It was really good for her. She did super great, I would tell her "step!" right before the log (her word for something she needs to step up and over) and she used that as her gauge for how close she was to the log. It was pretty cute!
Upppp the hill!
Overrr the log!
Then, we went to the other, flatter, pasture to cool her down. Even though she was only walking for about 20 minutes, she was SOAKED in sweat. She is OUT of shape!
Atticus decided to "help" me lunge her.
"Hmmmm...let me see here. How does this work again?"
"I see! I hold the line with my feet and hold this stick...."
That is all for now!