Operation pond water is a go! It's in full swing as we speak.
I hauled 5 gallons of pond water up from the pasture today with two mares hot on my heels. "Whatcha doing with that water bucket? Can we have a drink?" It got really heavy, really quickly! I know, I'm a wimp, but we need a pond that's closer to the barn! :)
The salt didn't work. I think it probably made him more thirsty, but he still didn't drink until he went outside to the pond. He didn't seem interested in the Gatorade either, but I haven't tried the apple juice. I figured he wouldn't bother with that either so I'd just switch over to pond water and see if he drinks that.
I feed in the morning so I'll know exactly how much (if any) water AJ drinks tonight. I'll be in trouble, though, if he only wants to drink pond water. I don't think I'll be able to convince the others to haul up pond water... And I'm not sure I'll be able to slowly switch him over from 100% pond water to hose water because he still gets to keep drinking pond water all day while he's outside.
But, who knows! The boy just needs to drink!
I just confirmed that the nutritionist is still coming out out tomorrow, so I'm looking forward to what he has to say. Hopefully I get some useful information!