In the meantime, it feels like a good time to update on the latest in small tweaks that we've been making to Charlie's day to day lifestyle to help him eventually thrive.
|snake oil or the real deal?|
Charlie has lately begun filling in a little bit around his ribs (it's subtle but I promise it's real!) and it'll be impossible to say whether it's just the spring grass or whether this oil is helping. But I think we're gonna roll with it for a little while. When it runs out I might reevaluate or consider trying a different oil (maybe rice oil?) just to see what, if anything, changes. We'll see.
|free sample size|
Again, it's hard to tell what, if any, difference it's having on the horse. But I personally prefer to have my horses on some sort of magnesium/calcium gastric supp simply bc of the frequency with which they travel in the trailer. This particular formula appeals to me bc it's easy to measure, doesn't add a lot of powder to the feed, and additionally is easy to administer extra doses on show day, for instance.
It's also fairly cost effective, tho maybe not as much so as ranitidine, so I think we'll go with it for a little while. I'll also eventually treat for ulcers again anyway, tho there was no difference shown when I did a couple months ago.... so again, we'll see.
|y'all already know what this is|
But he also gets a little bored in his stall and will weave or chew on the wood (not exactly cribbing tho), so I figured it wouldn't hurt to try some toys.
Verdict? Well. It's hard to tell haha (maybe that should have been the title of this post?). I have yet to see him play with either. It's possible that he doesn't understand what the snack toy thingy above is yet, that he just hasn't really 'discovered' it. Or... maybe they're just not appealing to him. Oh well. We'll see I guess!
|TIP ribbon + sparkle hat|
And speaking of pretty - I mentioned that Charlie wore his DIY up-cycled bonnet to the xc schooling at Tranquility a couple weeks ago, but that I failed to get a picture. This bonnet started out as one of those frilly monstrosities, but with a few judicious snips and the application of some pretty sparkles and matching cord, it's transformed into something quite passable!
I'm going to be making some similar up-cycled bonnets for Brita in her and Bella's colors soon, so will maybe post more of a how-to for that. Or maybe, if I don't find the process overly annoying after repeating it a few times in a row, maybe I'll consider taking orders for other folks? Maybe? Idk...
In the meantime, I'd love to hear your thoughts or experiences with any of the above - whether that be the supplements or oils or top dressings you've used on your skinny horse. Or whether you've found stall toys that actually are interesting to the horse (or if you also tend to think they mostly end up as wasted space haha). Or even if you want to know more about making DIY up-cycled fly bonnets (or, for the less crafts-inclined, whether you'd be interested in opportunities to order one?).