Friday, July 24, 2009

Holly -– 07/24/09

I’m impatient and this mare is testing what little patience I have.  She still looks like crap.  Her teeth are fine and there is no obvious illness.  She’s got hay 24/7 and just LOOK at how much food she’s getting three times a day.  I know, I know, she is looking better.  I just want her to be mistaken for the good year blimp within a month, and it’s just not happening.

I wormed her and her buddies with a Pyrental 15 days ago and will be worming them again with a Benzimidazole wormer tomorrow.

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At least her butt is filling out nicely.

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Holly –- 07/09/09

Last night was Holly’s two week anniversary here and she is s..l..o..w..l..y putting on weight.  She definitely seems spunkier now, and rips around the pasture with the two younger mares.  She’s very vocal if I’m even a few minutes late with her food, but is still a big sweetheart that just wants to be loved and groomed.  She’s not as interested in the hay roll as the two younger girls, and prefers to spend a lot of her time at the gate staring at the house and just waiting for the next meal.  Because of that, I’ve cut back her feedings to three a day.  I’m hoping she’ll stop expecting it so much and spend more time grazing or munching on hay.  At this point, the hay is much more important in her diet than all the beet pulp and rice bran I’m feeding her.

8AM – 4 qts beet pulp, 2 qts rice bran pellets, 2 qts senior feed, Source, DAC oil.

3PM, 9PM – 4qts beet pulp, 2 qts rice bran, 2 qts senior

Once all that food is soaked it nearly fills a 5 gallon bucket and she still manages to finish eating before Synergy, who gets half the amount of beet pulp!

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She’s looking less ribby from the side, but her topline still looks awful.

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Maggie should be ready for Holly and Synergy by the end of the month and I’d like to get Holly looking better than this by then.  But I have every confidence in Maggie and I’m sure both girls will be too fat by the end of the year! :)

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Ellie – 07/05/09

I realized the other day when I was publishing Holly’s first post that I never did finish up with a final Ellie post.  I know everyone is curious to see what color she shed out to be, so without further adieu, let me introduce you to Ellie’s belly.  Plump, round, and jiggly like jello.

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I still haven’t gotten started on her training.  I think I’m finally coming to the realization that there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done.  Oh well, I think once she gets started she’ll be very quick and easy to have under saddle and going well enough to move on to a new home.