I reminded myself about my ‘quiet’ horses today.
What I mean is I reminded myself how horses bloom when they are watered.
Some horses are pushy or clever and they demand attention.
But some horses are shy, background kind of horses who demand less attention. And, sometimes horses that get less attention, slowly die inside.
I say this because today I watched BG bloom… and it was if the wilting flower, drunk a very tall glass..
Beautiful girl is Finn’s full sister, but they are totally different. Where Finn is silly and dominant, BG is shy and respectful.
BG, Finn and Wrigley live together. Finn insists that BG is always with him, and I have obliged for years. Years.
Wrigley lives with BG and Finn because they are the only ones who will tolerate him besides Gwen and Gwen can no longer keep him in line… so… he lives with the fit and strong Finn and BG. (Wrigley is another very bold and ‘in your face if you let him’ type of horse.) Finn is the Boss, BG is second in command and Wrigley pulls up the rear.
So although BG is never ignored… she gets the same amount of food and treats… she is always in the background with the more forward and demanding horses in the foreground.
THIS MONTH – the benefits of lockdown
For two years now, I’ve been trying to heal BG’s hives. I thought the winter would ease them, but it didn’t. The vet has given her all of his remedies, cures and shots. Even cortisone didn’t work. I’ve tried herbs and tinctures and potions… nothing had worked so far.
Coming into the summer months, I’m trying to get a jump on her allergies by separating her and giving her extra attention. I don’t want to miss the first hint of ‘no see ums’.
So, that’s what I did. I moved BG into a solitary pen right next door to Finn and Wrigley. Of course, Finn pitched a fit… but he settled after a few days.
Last week, BG had another vet visit – no new ideas. I decided to start a daily grazing program for her to munch on the smorgasbord of greens growing rapidly around here. Maybe she is vitamin deficient…? I’ve also been giving her (very expensive – yikes) herbs that a reader suggested I try. BG has her own trough, her own feeder, her own shade and she has the best view of me.
Three weeks into her new digs, I am seeing a real change in BG’s personality. Getting two special buckets a day… plus all of her other special treats – all of her own stuff – she is smiling more and nickering more… and her hives are almost gone.
Now, since I’ve done a few things at once (green grass, herbs, special paddock), I don’t know what is helping her with the hives.
But in any event, I’m very excited about this.
I need to wait and see – as her hives tend to go away and then come back aggressively… but this time, they have gone away much more totally than any other time in the last 2 years.
So for now, I’m reminded how horses bloom when they are watered. I’m watering BG and she is blooming. I’m telling you because I wish I had thought of this sooner…