I went home last night a little worried at what I would find with Sassy.
She seems to be moving ok. Not great,but not as badly as I expected. I thought she was short striding on the left front yesterday morning but when I watched her last night she is equal on both fronts.
There is no racing and bucking and farting like there was a year ago (even with the coffin bone issue) so I know that she isn't happy, but she can put weight on them and that is going to have to do for now. I suppose that I could be Buting her, but I know that prolonged use can cause stomach problems and so I am saving it for when she is really going to need it. (the long drive to AZ)
She is a tad overweight, I'm guessing about a 6+ so I have cut her food back some. I wonder about laminitis, but I really do not think it is her problem. But just like in dogs, I think that if an animal is having joint or bone issues, extra weight is going to aggravate it. I did check for a digital pulse in her yesterday and could not find one, so if I understand how that works correctly, then that is a good thing. If I am incorrect then someone please, correct me.
In other news, the rest of the herd is doing quite nicely. Trax still loves me, still stalks me, and still greets me at the gate of his pen for treats. (haycubes) Danny looks fabulous, Killian still enjoy's tormenting him, and spends the rest of his time herding his mare around. Killian needs ridden in the worst way
The flies are starting to hit us now, and the blood sucking gnats are already on the prowl. I used fly predators, but not sure if they survived the last cold snap. Today I will go by some fly traps and place the strategically away from the barn to draw the flies away away. I also have been using the odor eliminator (In Danny's pen especially) and it seriously makes a huge difference. Less smell, less flies for sure.
As our move draws closer, the pressure is building and there is so much to get done. Our first load leaves the middle of next week. It should be the easy load. Mostly vehicles (3 pickups, one car) the boy and his stuff and what ever else we can cram into nooks and crannies. For some reason I made the stupid decision of letting my free slave laborer (Simon) stay in AZ with his brother and sister in law until we take the next load down in a month. What the heck was I thinking? Who is going to help me load stuff? Who am I going to boss around over the next month? Who is going to be packing while I am dinking around at horse shows and stuff? He does have to come home with us when we take the second load down. I need all hands on deck when we move the animals.
Planning a move this size is a daunting task to say the least. The fact that it is going to take 3 trips, tells me that we have waaaaaay too much crap!