And that can be a problem, both physically and behaviorally.
Cody puts on weight easily. Already this fall he's a fat little butterball, which is a problem because miniatures are especially prone to diabetes. Yet he's only getting a bit of grain right now to counter the pasture they're on where the drought's sucked much of the nutrition right out of the dead grass.
|Cody pretending to be slim - he was too vain to have a new picture taken.|
|Bonita checking out the "treat wagon"|
Bella had colic recently and I stayed up with her during the night walking her a bit and rubbing her tummy and generally worrying over her. A fair percentage of horses die each year from severe cases of colic, so it always requires a sharp eye to be sure it's not developing beyond a simple, mild case. Luckily, Bella responded well to pain meds and being fussed over. It took her a couple of days to come back 100% but once the crisis point was past, I was grateful.
|Bella, feeling much better thank you.|
Of course, my little beasties love to be coddled.
Speaking of which, Ricky showed up Saturday morning with this mysterious coiffure.
|Reminds me of those mysterious crop circles that appear overnight.|
No guest post for Wednesday, but I do have a story about a very naughty lizard. Plus, I've got a meme in my back pocket that I haven't forgotten about...