Last night was Lilly's first official night on pasture board. So was it a success? Of course not! This is Lilly we're talking about.
First of all, she lost her shoe at some point during the night. She was wearing her bell boots and still managed to rip off her left shoe anyway (the good hoof). The damage wasn't too bad, and my farrier came out this evening and put one back on. So instead of riding, I spent the morning searching her pasture for a lost shoe... unsuccessfully.
The BO told me that Lilly ate about half her grain this morning and then tried to steal her pasture buddy's food. When they chased her off she just left her grain and went off to eat grass. So the problem with this situation is going to be that she's not locked up in the stall with her grain at night to snack on. That means there's a good chance she won't be getting nearly as much grain, or supplements.
So I realize it was only one night, and she will need some time to get used to the new routine, but I'm not hopeful that this is going to work either. From what they said, she was calm and content, but just didn't have an interest in her grain after eating about half of it. There's some other reason she's not eating and I don't know what it is yet, but we can probably eliminate anxiety.
The BO thinks that cutting her feed back is the answer... you know, I guess because then I can't complain that she's not eating all her grain. Just cut back the amount she's not eating and voila! No more issue! He thinks she's just not hungry, but 2 lbs is really not that much to eat at a time, and I've never had a problem getting her to eat grain. What horse turns down grain even if they're not hungry? And not hungry for 6 weeks?
He also seems to be very tired of me bringing up the fact that the grain is different. Not only is it a different color, but the pellets are a different size. I don't need a lecture about soybeans and corn to know that she's not eating SafeChoice. Either way, it sounds like he's only going to get it from TSC from now on (and hopefully he doesn't fill the barrel with Strategy).
My next experiment is with her supplements. She's on a supplement for her coat and skin called Nu-Image, and while the description says 'crumble', it's really more of a sawdust texture. She's pretty picky about powdery stuff and perhaps she's just developed an aversion to that...? So tomorrow the BO is going to feed all her supplements excluding that one, and see if she has more interest in eating.
I'm grasping at straws...