Archive for August, 2013

Blondie

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Twenty three years old (or is it twenty two?) and as pretty as ever. I would not call her a hard keeper by any means, but it does take quite a bit more senior grain to keep her weight like this. I have not been riding her. I probably should – due to the senior grain she has loads of energy.

Blondie, 23 years old

Blondie, 23 years old

Blondie, 23 years old

Blondie, 23 years old

Blondie, 23 years old

Rosie

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

It’s been far too long since I shared photos of Rosie. She is such a sweet little girl. She adores the kids that come to visit her and she is very quiet. Today I heard her bray, but that was the first time in 2 months. Normally I get the quiet donkey noise (like a very quiet bray almost).

Would you believe she’s still losing her Winter coat? Most of it is gone now. More important than that though, she is finally losing weight.

Rosie, August 2013

She’s so friendly it can be difficult to get a photo of her. You have to be quick and snap the photo before she’s in your lap OR you can let her eat.

Rosie, August 2013

Rosie, August 2013

This is the far end of her dry lot. Recently, I partitioned off this section of the paddock paradise track (a track that goes around the outside of the pasture) and gave it over to Rose. To feed her, I split her soaked hay between 2 slow feed hay bags, hanging one in each stall that she has access to. Then she gets 4 or 5 small handfuls of hay along her track. Anything I can do to encourage movement!

Rosie, August 2013

To keep her happy she gets to munch on the stemmy hay that Blondie leaves behind or she can go out on the pasture with her grazing muzzle on. It is equine nature that they want to graze all day, so in her case, the more I can slow her down the more time she can be allowed to graze (this is also the purpose of the slow feed hay bags).

Rosie, August 2013

Her ‘grain’ is a tiny handful of soaked timothy pellets (literally less than a dozen pellets). The only reason I give her these is to deliver her magnesium supplement which is a powder that I sprinkle on top of the pellets.

Rosie, August 2013

See the shadow line in the white part of her coat, midway down her side? And a shadow line near her hip, also in the white hair of her coat. This is where I can see that she is losing weight. The fat pad over her hip is quite large, but around the edges of it now it’s sinking in and the ridge along her belly is also sinking in.

Rosie, August 2013

She’s looking a little bit narrower width-wise too!

Rosie, August 2013

Next up I have some new photos of Blondie.