It has been a crazy week, and it's not even over yet! I've had so much to do to prepare for Christmas that it has eaten up my whole week! I'm having Christmas with my family in Michigan next week, and then when I get back I have to prepare for Christmas number two, and then finally the real thing comes on the 25th. When I'm not doing Christmas things, I'm doing wedding related things, and then I wonder why I never get to ride during the month of December... it's just so busy!
Speaking of riding, I haven't ridden my horse since the show. That's sad... the time I could have ridden, I was having that shoulder issue (which is all better now!), and now that I'm feeling better I just don't have enough time during the day.
I've been out to the barn pretty frequently, though. Her highness expects love and carrots on a regular basis, so I'm always going out to check on her, hug her, feed her, put blankets on, and that sort of thing. She finally lost her other hoof cast, but she seems just fine without it in the pasture. She ran to see me today and I didn't notice any signs of soreness at all. My trimmer and I have decided to try the glue-on EasyBoots next time because I really didn't like the casts. Despite the epic fail JenJ had with her experience, I'm willing to give it a try. We'll probably plan on trying those the first of February.
Since I can't find the time to ride, I've decided to switch over to plan B, which is round pen work. It is just as beneficial and it takes less time since I don't need to saddle her. The riding ring has been pretty wet lately because of all the rain and there have been a few days I couldn't get in there anyway, so we'll just forget about it for now and work in the round pen. I'm still exploring her stifle issues, so the round pen work will also enable me to watch how she travels and hopefully I can see what I've been feeling.
I changed Lilly's supplements again too... she used to only get a vitamin supplement because she's not getting anything other than hay, but I think now that the grass is pretty much gone, she's having tummy troubles, which is causing the diarrhea. She was a mess today and has been fairly messy since before our show. The probiotics weren't helping, so after asking around and chatting with my vet, I'm going to try a product called Pro Balance. I've tried digestive supplements in the past with no luck, but I'm willing to give this a try. I'm also going to speak with the BO about giving her more hay to eat. She's not getting grain or beet pulp like the other horses, so I think she should be fed more hay. We'll see if the BO agrees. My vet also recommended that I start Lilly on MSM. She's getting "older" and with everything going on with her, it might be beneficial. SmartPak has a pellet, which in Lilly's world is a must, so I added that as well.
I sure hope it helps!