Right now I am involved in a huge job… which is such a relief since I have a sick horse… but also a problem since I am busy all day – working.
Luckily, I can work from home for a large part of this job. Thank horsegods.
But still, during my work day, time passes really fast and before I know it I’m saying to myself, “Oh Wow! It has been 5 hours since I’ve been to the barn! I wonder what she’s been doing?”
Yesterday, I opened her stall door so that she could now roam the barn aisle – the hard floor aisle – if she wanted. I doubted that she would want to go into the hard aisle… but thought I would give her the option.
Well… I was wrong.
It seems like every time I go out to the barn to check on her, she’s somewhere new!
This is interesting to me… so now I’ve become a Stall Sleuth.
SHE’S GETTING AROUND, BUT HOW MUCH AND HOW OFTEN?
It isn’t as if she’s trotting around like a healthy hooved horse. She isn’t.
But clearly she is doing her own thing now…
So, I set up little tests to monitor her migration.
Yesterday, I decided to put out additional water in the aisle. I also put out tufts of hay here and there… all the way down the aisle to the front gate of the barn and up the other side.
Since she likes to look out her window, I put mats there.
On the far side of her stall, the part with only mats and no shavings, I put more hay tufts. She also had her regular haybag in her deeply-bedded half of the stall.
And then there was her hoof covering… Every night I put some type of covering on her left foot (depending upon her position when she is lying down – if I can wrap it, I will. If I have to sock it, I do that) after I treat the open area. The covering always comes off somewhere – which is another clue.
Overnight last night, I found out that she had drunk out of both waterers. The stall bucket and the aisle bucket had lost about equal amounts of water.
Both of the mats in front of the window were covered in shavings. Clearly she had spent quite a bit of time looking out her window.
Her sock was found right near her fan – in the aisle.
All the tufts of hay were eaten. All of them. I felt great about that because she clearly wanted to wander around eating the tufts in the aisle since she had plenty of hay in her stall.
The shavings were all moved around in a hodgepodge of obvious sleeping spots. Her manure was also deeply hidden in the shavings. She had gotten up and gone down – often.
And, all the tufts were gone from the matted part of the stall.
I had to conclude that Mama Tess was willing to walk all around the barn. She had water and food in her deeply-bedded stall but she chose to move around.
I think she is enjoying the added freedom that the aisleway gives her because she seemed to have spent a lot of time there – even though it cannot be as comfortable for her as the deeply bedded stall.
She’s moving and walking and entertaining herself between healing naps.
This is good. Very good.
She’s had a week of life beyond the recommendation to put her down. And, I think she’s liking it very much!
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