After talking some more with the BO, it has been brought to my attention that Lilly hasn't really been eating her breakfast since she arrived. So, for about 6 weeks my horse has not been eating as she should. Glad someone told me!
Is it anxiety, is it ulcers, is it the food, or is she just so fed up with stalls that she's afraid she's going to be left in after everyone is turned out? Maybe it's a little bit of everything, I don't know, but it's time to start experimenting.
She was really stressed out those last few months in the stall when we were doing the shock wave. She was also eating the Strategy HE that I didn't like, and did calm down a bit after I swapped her back to SC, but she spent a lot of time in distress and not eating.
This new place doesn't feed hay before they feed. The hay goes outside when the horses do, so let's say she finishes her grain and hay in the evening around midnight. They feed again at ~8:00am so she's been quite a few hours without anything in her tummy.
Don't care what anyone says, she was eating Strategy but she's finally back to eating the SC. She doesn't like Strategy any more than I do!
Hates the Stall
She was on and off stall rest for the better part of 15 months. I tend to think that she's terrified of being left in the stall in the morning, so she stands at her door to make sure no one forgets her. After all, the grain will be waiting for her when she gets back, right?
I'm not thrilled with her being without food for so long if what we're dealing with IS ulcers. I'm also not a fan of her ingesting 4lbs of grain in the evening and 0lbs in the morning. That's just not healthy. So to try and kill two birds with one stone, I've requested that they put Lilly on pasture board.
This way, she's out of the stall 24/7 and doesn't have to worry about being left behind. She can eat her breakfast outside, snack on hay and grass, eat her dinner, and snack on grass all night long until breakfast again in the morning. The pasture they're on now is actually really nice and there's quite a bit of grass to eat.
She'll be outside with the low horse, so I won't have to worry about her grain being stolen. She'll also be separated from Baby and her other buddy, Cocoa, so maybe that will help us out in regards to the herd bound issue we seem to be having. The stall will still be mine, so they'll bring her in on wet days (with Baby) until the giant hole in her hoof has grown out, and I can use it for nights when I have a show.
In May when they switch the rotation and the horses stay in during they day, I'll put her back on stall board and see how she does.
I'm trying to appease the princess. I hope it works.
In AJ news, he's doing very well. He and Justus are getting along great and my mom said she can't tell who is boss. They're just best buddies, which is great! My dad spoils Justus by giving him a banana every morning, but he didn't know AJ likes them too. Of course AJ made sure everyone knows he also likes bananas, so they were having to share the banana for a while. My mom told me today that my dad has decided to buy TWO bunches of bananas so each horse can have his own. Spoiled rotten, both of them!