My beauty and I got some quality girl time while there was sun. Look at this cute face in her new, too cool, chocolate and cream light weight blanket. I thought long and hard before blanketing my girl. Our nights only get to about 39 or 40 degrees right now. Many folks believe that blankets do more harm than good. Horses have this incredible natural waterproof insulation system, their thick winter coat is designed to stand on end, creating an insulating air space that keeps the horse warm. So why am I mucking with what nature provided? Cuz Lyra was losing weight and I have, accurately or otherwise, concern that she is using too many calories trying to stay warm. Thus her new stylish winter coat.
I think I have perfected her diet - in addition to the overgrazed general pasture, she is now getting several pounds of grass hay and 8 cups (dry measure) soaked beet pulp, 6 cups (3 lbs) Nutrena Safe Choice, 2 cups (1 lb.) MaxEGlow Stabilized Rice Bran, and Farrier's Formula. Her bucket of crunchies weighs TONS, but is full of water from the soaked beet pulp. I'm hoping this helps turn around her weight loss.
I'll be consulting with our vet tomorrow during Lyra's senior horse exam. Both Lyra and Red are getting senior exams. Our local clinic is having a special - only $75.oo for a general exam, body condition & nutritional assessment, trot out and bloodwork. I appreciate this gesture as support for ensuring your senior horse has the best possible health.
Here are more pictures of Lyra modeling her new blanket while enjoying her new diet.