Is it possible for a horse to give you the "middle hoof"?
That's what it feels like Lilly is doing in regards to her food. She is officially boycotting her grain (aka supplements, handful of Ultium, and capful of oil) and no matter how much I beg her to eat it, she refuses. Even if I try to hand feed her, she takes the grain and then spits it out all over the ground. The oil thing was working for a while, but no more. It didn't even last a month!
The BO has some applesauce on hand that she's going to try with Lilly's breakfast tomorrow morning, but I'm afraid as long as the Cosequin is part of her supplement, it's a lost cause. I dropped it from her upcoming SmartPak because she's not eating it and I haven't seen an improvement since putting her on it a few months ago. I'm considering going with the Adequan shots instead. I have a few reservations, but I'm still doing some research.
I thought the Fastrack probiotics were working really well because I haven't seen a single drip of poo between her cheeks or on her legs since I started the supplement. She isn't eating her food, though, so I'm not sure that it's the supplement that's doing the trick. We have spring grass now, so she has something to snack on for most of the day, which seems to be the only real correlation I can find with the times she has the really bad diarrhea and when she doesn't. It comes on strong in the fall (as the grass dies), lasts all winter, and then slowly goes away as spring arrives (as the grass comes back). So the supplement could simply be a fluke. The Fastrack was in a crumbly form and I saw a good majority of those in her uneaten breakfast this morning, so I dropped them from the SmartPak as well. After giving it some thought, though, I wish I hadn't... at least not yet.
If it's the grass that's an issue, I have no idea what to do for a fix when fall arrives again. I think it's safe to say that the digestive supplements and probiotics are worthless, considering I've tried about 5 different ones. Perhaps I'll keep the Fastrak in the back of my mind and try those again in the fall since they didn't really get a fair shot. She is SO picky, though, and I don't think she'll eat anything except for pellets... and the Fastrak is crumbly powder. Why can't she just eat what I put in front of her face?
Even though I don't think she has ulcers, especially after speaking with my vet and the BO, I did opt to add U-Gard to her SmartPak just in case. I'm hoping we'll be going to quite a few shows this year and I figure it can't hurt. A little too late I realized I ordered the powder form, so I pretty much flushed $28 down the toilet. Oh well! When May's SmartPak gets shipped out, she'll be getting the U-Gard pellets.
In addition to whining about the supplements, I checked her back and it seems to be normal again. I'm not sure if it was my magic finger massage that did the trick or if she just needed a little bit of extra time off. Since it was a gorgeous day and she was feeling better, we went for a ride. The last couple times I've ridden her, I put on her Crusader fly mask because of the gnats, but she seems to be spooky with it on. See, I try to help and she just doesn't cooperate! She's normally not spooky at all when we ride, so I've deduced it must be the mask. I have one of those crochet ear bonnets I might try instead. I think it's mostly her ears that she has an issue with, so the bonnet should take care of that, and hopefully she'll relax again.
She's such a high maintenance princess pony!!
Our ride went very well, though. She's not quite loping nicely on her own yet, but we have moments of pure genius. Our left lead lope is quite a bit more advanced than our right lead lope, but I know the right lead is her difficult way. She's trying, though, and I still can't believe how much progress we've made already. That's why I don't mind too much when she's a high maintenance princess pony. :)