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STALL SLEUTH: WHAT DOES SHE DO ALL DAY?…






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.

I found her wandering around the barn!

I found her wandering around the barn!

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.

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This is the deeply bedded side of her stall with plenty of hay and water.

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I’m standing in the matted side of the stall – no shavings.

The wrap I did tonight.  If she is laying all the way down, I can use vetwrap.

The wrap I did tonight. If she is laying all the way down, I can use vetwrap.  Otherwise, I use a hospital sock.

TESTS

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.

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The clean mats below her window.

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I put tufts of hay everywhere in the aisleway.

TEST RESULTS

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.

Her sock was deployed in the aisle behind her fan.

Her sock was deployed in the aisle behind her fan.

CONCLUSIONS

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!

Snorfelling all the hay that she sees...

Snorfelling all the hay that she sees… (Note the kitty in the rafters and Scout sniffing for any new toy she can invent from barn items!)

After all that exercise, she needed a nap in front of her fan.

After all that exercise, she needed a nap in front of her fan.

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MT is our August Bucket Fund mare... Click here to read about her.

MT is our August Bucket Fund mare… Click here to read about her.




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OCCASIONALLY, SUNDAY IS VIDEO DAY! …






BEFORE WE BEGIN:  WE ARE ORDERING BITLESS LG BRIDLES THIS WEEK (FROM GERMANY).  IF YOU WANT ONE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW VIA THIS LINK.  YOU CAN READ TESTIMONIALS THERE FROM THE OTHERS WHO HAVE PURCHASED THIS AMAZING (IMHO) BRIDLE!

Let’s change the subject and have some fun!

1)  This video of animal on trampolines made me smile!

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2)  OK, this is ingenious!  I love this dog!  What do you think he is?  Bassett/Beagle.

A Beassett?  A Bagle?  Anyway, very clever boy.

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3)  You either love or hate this one… I thought it was hilarious  – especially the people in the background who were cracking up – but others I showed didn’t get it at all.  So, for those of you who will find this funny – this is for you!

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Mama Tess is our August Bucket Fund mare... She is doing a bit better today - she nickered at me when I came into the barn and got up to eat.  She is bright eyed and insisted that I open the window for her to look out.  When she laid back down, I laid with her and swatted flies off her face as she slept.  I think she was just pretending to be asleep because as I got up to leave, she went sternum and looked at me, "Where'r ya goin'?"  Today I have lots of hope...

Mama Tess is our August Bucket Fund mare… click image for details.   She is doing a bit better today – she nickered at me when I came into the barn and got up to eat. She is bright eyed and insisted that I open the window for her to look out. When she laid back down, I laid with her and swatted flies off her face as she slept. I think she was just pretending to be asleep because as I got up to leave, she went sternum and looked at me, “Where’r ya goin’?” Today I have lots of hope…

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Your purchase with Riding Warehouse via this portal benefits the Bucket Fund! Click here.

 




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