I'm still dealing with the grain issue at the barn, but I hope we're making some progress.
I went over yesterday to organize my tack and unload some of the items from the show and the BO was there. He mentioned that there hadn't been much progress with Lilly's eating even though we left our own grain for them to feed her. After a little discussion, we thought perhaps having Lilly's feed pan on the floor was doing more harm than good because if her head is down, she can't see what's going on. Also, if she's pawing, maybe she's getting shavings and stuff in her grain that makes it seem less tasty.
I had him take out the feeder when we first arrived because it's too tall for her. She can't really get her head in there very well to eat and I was seeing some grain left in the corners. So no feeder and no feed pan means... a bucket? So we hung a bucket on the front of her stall and he was going to feed her in there.
Last night I sent an email to the female half of the BO asking how they feed the horses in the morning. If Lilly is getting too excited to eat, is she being fed last? Are they waiting until she's done eating before they take horses out? I told her I was concerned that Lilly wasn't eating and I thought she was looking a bit on the thin side, not to mention I wondered what they do with the morning grain since that's where all her supplements are.
She emailed back to let me know that Lilly eats second and the horses all have about 20 minutes to eat. She said Lilly ate about half her feed this morning and then stood by the door to be let outside. Lilly is eating all her night time grain now, so they've been adding her breakfast grain (and supplements) to her dinner grain. She thinks Lilly looks great but has been giving her a little bit more hay just in case. Supposedly they refilled the grain barrel with a new bag of SafeChoice but she's still not eating like she should.
I had to see for myself so I went over to the barn today and checked the grain barrel. There was still Strategy on top, but when I dug down into the grain I found SafeChoice. I pulled a bunch of it up and mixed it in with the Strategy on top.
I sent her a reply email telling her all about high NSC value feeds and how they contribute to all kinds of issues with horses, most notably making the horses hyper. I'm not sure if she cares, but I have to get my point across somehow. I firmly believe that they've been feeding Lilly and Baby Strategy (probably when they ran out of SafeChoice since it's easier to get all one kind of grain), which has turned Lilly into a fruit loop. That's why she's not eating in the morning... she's too hyper with everything that's going on and is worried about being left behind. I've seen how she acts when she's on Strategy, and her attitude has changed quite drastically, and I'm convinced it's the feed.
Either they continue to buy SafeChoice, or I'll go get it myself and they can take it off the cost of my board. If they're not willing to do either of those things, then it'll be time to move again (somewhere...). M is just as adamant about her mare being fed SafeChoice as I am, so we'll be moving our horses together.
In other more exciting news, Lilly is scheduled for a sports massage on Sunday morning. The therapist coming out is certified in Equine Sports Massage Therapy and I'm anxious to see what she has to say about Lilly. She'll do an initial consultation to see if Lilly is a candidate, perform a massage, and then we'll develop a plan if that's what she needs. She works closely with chiropractors and veterinarians, but hopefully she doesn't find a whole lot going on. I'm just mostly concerned with soreness around her withers and perhaps a potential issue with her stifle. I hope Lilly likes her massage!
When I mentioned the massage to my mom she said, "you just can't stop spending money on that horse, can you?" I guess not! :)