Below are some pictures of Faith in the arena today. (Just as a side note, the wall Faith is looking over is 6 feet tall. I told you she was a big girl!)
Faith's normal routine has changed very slightly since my last post about it. Every morning, she still meets Dan at her door, eagerly awaiting her breakfast, nickering at each second that passes before she receives her meal. Shortly there after, I finish with my chores upstairs and head down to grain her and work with her.
Faith is currently receiving the following amounts of feed and supplements twice per day:
1 1/2 quarts of Blue Seal Vintage Victory (10% Protein, 10% Fat, 11% Fiber)
1 1/2 quarts of Blue Seal Hay Stretcher (11.5% Protein, 2% Fat, 20% Fiber)
1 1/2 quarts of Purina Equine Senior (14% Protein, 4.5% Fat, 16% Fiber)
Vitamin E Supplement
She also has free-choice hay in front of her at all times, and eats (er, devours!) about 8-9 flakes per day (about 30 pounds). Her feed bill is ludicrous... But she's worth every penny!
Faith is now getting turned out with our miniature donkey Dominic - they have become pretty good friends! A few pictures of him are below, although it's really tough to photograph him as once he sees my camera he won't leave me alone... It's hard to find his "good side" when he is on top of me. I'll let the following pictures show you his thought process.
...and he isn't sure he approves of the camera, so he's gets closer....
Hey mom, what are you doing?!
Dominic is my little sweetie, who also came to us a rescue. His job here consists of eating, fighting with the farrier, eating more, braying loud enough to shake the entire barn, chasing the geldings around, fighting with the vet, eating some more, breaking out of every fence we have ever put up, breaking into the feed room repeatedly, and generally just being our farm's mascot/terrorist. We love him just the same! How can you not just fall in love with that face?!
She is currently turned out in the arena from about 7:30 am until lessons begin around 2pm. Yesterday, one of our regular paddocks was officially snow and ice free, so she was allowed to go out there for a few hours. (We live in the Northeast and have had over 90 inches of snow so far this year, as well as a horrific ice storm.) I hate keeping Faith "inside" so much, but with her hind end still being so weak, I would rather keep her sheltered than risk the possibility of her slipping and falling in the snow and ice. She enjoyed the sun yesterday and even stretched out and took about a half hour nap. (I kept an eye on her the entire time she was down... this horse has turned me into a worrywart!)
The geldings on the other side of the fence also enjoyed her company and couldn't take their eyes off of her. (Heck, she's tall, has long legs and is thin - every guy's dream girl!) My Morgan insisted on grooming her entire body from over the fence, and Faith not only let him but she seemed to enjoy it! Although she is a mare and just had to let out a squeal every 90 seconds.
When I look back at the past six weeks, it's amazes me to think of how much this horse has endured, how far she has come, and how she always seems so very grateful. She is a sweet horse with an absolute heart of gold and I hope that her recovery is free from any other bumps along the way.