This morning I officially contributed to the co-op by heading out to the barn to do the morning feeding. I had been going out every evening since Thursday because of Lilly, but I had to go back to work today so I offered myself up for the morning feeding. I'm very comfortable with the other two girls but I want to keep an eye on my two at least once per day for a while to make sure all is well.
It feels good to be taking care of my horses. I was having so much fun this morning doing chores that I cleaned all 4 stalls, dumped all the water buckets, cleaned them, and refilled them. The barn looks lovely, and the horses are going to be spoiled! :)
AJ isn't eating much hay in the stall, although he's been eating a little more here lately. Hopefully he's getting used to being stalled at night. He isn't drinking any water in the stall, though. He goes outside in the morning and drinks and drinks and drinks from the pond... so I know he's thirsty, but he isn't drinking in the stall. I even gave him two different kinds of buckets in case he liked one more than the other. I might have to try putting some apple juice or something in his bucket... I'm assuming he just doesn't like the smell or taste compared to the pond water. He's also been attacking his grain when I bring him in, so I need to figure out something to do there too. He will take 2 giant mouthfuls of grain and then eat slowly until the rest of it is gone, but he makes a huge mess with the first 2 bites.
He doesn't keep his stall very clean, and I haven't seen any bedding on his coat, so I don't think he's been laying down, but other than that, he's been doing really well. I haven't noticed any stiffness when I turn him out, which was my biggest concern. Baby has been tolerating him in her pasture too. She'll pin her ears and run at him, but he stands his ground and pins his ears back at her. So she'll dart off and go back to grazing with Lilly.
Speaking of Lilly, she hasn't shown any other signs of colic. I'm counting the days until I can start riding her again, which will be two weeks from Wednesday. I hope we're still having nice weather by then!