Hand Walking Day: 5
Walking time: 5 minutes
I got to the barn early today to make sure I was home in time to watch my Steelers play. Lilly still had hay in her stall and she hadn't eaten her grain. Her new hay net (yes, it came early! woohoo!) hung against the wall, empty, even though I was hoping her breakfast hay would be put in there. She seemed restless and I tried to get her to eat her grain, but she wasn't interested. So I got her halter and took her out for her 5 minute walk. She did well. She seemed a little excited and I had to ask her to slow down and wait for me a couple times, but before long she was plodding along and enjoying the sunshine.
When I put her back in the stall, I took her halter off and turned her loose. She immediately turned around, bucked, and ran to the back of the stall. Talent, right? To manage all that in such a small space... so as it turns out, her stall neighbor can come and go in his stall and she is freaking out when she can't see him. Just as I feared... I thought she might get attached and have a fit when he leaves. On top of it all, she's in heat, so I'm sure that's not helping matters.
She kept running around, whinnying for him. I ended up tying her up while I cleaned the stall and took care of things to calm her down and keep her still.
I sent the barn owner an email today asking if that's the setup she's going to keep for him for a while. If that's the case, my vet mentioned a shot we can give Lilly that will keep her slightly sedated for about 3 weeks or so. I don't remember what it is, and she was doing so well we haven't needed anything until now.
So who knows how long she has been acting a fool in the stall... I'm pretty upset about the whole ordeal.