When I went to see Lilly for the first time since being back from the honeymoon, I thought she looked humongous. Where did all that weight come from? Did she put it all on while I was gone, or did it happen slowly over the course of a few months when I was too busy to exercise her? In any case, she's quite plump. I'm hoping all this house drama will be over this week and things can go back to "normal" next week and I can start regularly visiting the barn again. I had planned to start her slowly back into work and hopefully work off some of those pounds.
This year for vaccinations, I did what I've decided is the best course of action for Lilly... one shot at a time. The reaction she had to the rabies vaccine has me worried for her, so my vet is under strict orders to give one shot per visit, and put us on the schedule for another visit a few days later. When she gave Lilly her E/W and West Nile, it was dark outside. When I inquired about when she was going to give the Flu/Rhino shot, she said she'd stop over this morning.
I got a text from her this morning at 9am that said, "Lilly needs to lose some weight. What is she getting for grain?"
I replied, "The sad thing is, she's not getting any grain. She gets a vitamin supplement, an ulcer supplement, and a handful of Ultium to make it palatable. No beet pulp either like the rest of the farm."
She replied, "YIKES! Call me so we can discuss!"
So I called her and we discussed how fat my pony is. She's getting 4 flakes of hay, a handful of Ultium, and is on a pasture with brown "grass". That's all she gets to eat and she's the size of a house. My vet thinks she looks preggers and has informed me that she's at a weight that could be detrimental to her health. What do you do for a fat horse that hardly gets any food? We discussed locking her in the stall and putting a muzzle on her, but it's too late in the year for that to do any good. It's probably what I'll have to do next spring, though, and she told me to start mentally preparing myself for the muzzle now.
She wants me to load her up and haul her to the clinic so we can put her on the scale and weigh her. I have a weight tape, but how accurate are those things really? The guy at the feed store swears by them, but you really have to do it the exact same way every time. So as much as I don't want to haul her 30 minutes for a scale, I'm going to start planning that now.
I double checked with my BO to make sure a handful of Ultium hadn't turned into 2 pounds of feed like it did last time this happened. He swore he was only giving her a handful once a day and he wasn't giving her beet pulp per my request. He asked if I wanted him to cut back on the hay, but she needs to eat something. My vet suggested soaking the hay to get rid of some of the sugars, but I can guarantee the BO will not go for that. So I might need to look around for some "crappy" hay since the barn's hay is really nice.
My good camera is locked up in my brand new house, so these are all iPhone pics and they aren't very good. The white hides quite a bit of detail, so you might not even be able to tell anything from these pictures, but does she look like she's part Holstein?
|And look, someone gave her hay!|
|No babies in here!|
|"Why do you keep saying I'm fat?"|
I'm still doing my research on what that diagnosis would mean, but it doesn't sound like very much fun.