It’s rained all day and it feels very damp both indoors and out.
When I got back from packing vegetables this afternoon, all the Shetland ponies were just standing around looking utterly miserable so I gave in. I opened up the small triangle of grass for them.
They can eat it for the evening and then I will try and lure them back into their padddock for the night – I don’t suppose for one minute they will come in, but I will try.
I also put Fivla back in her field. She doesn’t eat when she is with the Minions and just stands there all day worrying me.
I was speaking to Iacs’ vet (south) and I mentioned Fivla’s depression and she told me about having a geriatric profile of bloods taken as well as an endocrinology screening. I have booked Fivla in for a vet visit next week.
If Fivla is not eating while she is on the track, then I worry she will get Hyperlipidemia which occurs when horses are in a negative energy balance due to decreased feed intake. I could not nurse her through that. It would be too much for Fivla’s body to take. Anyway, when I put her back in with Vitamin she started to eat and that cheered me up. It is a constant juggling act.
So wish me luck trying to get the Minions lot back into their paddock and three haynets for the night! I may well fail.