So....Empress is such a trooper. I just brought her her midday meal. The timing has worked really well--I'm able to go out and care for her, but this week will be my last week off work, so I can up her to three feedings a day (or more if she'll eat it) before my hectic schedule starts back up. I wish I was well enough to do her feet, but Tuesday is just around the corner. I am praying that she'll be more sound once we get the angles corrected.
Barry and Linda Cole delivered a trailer to me today--thank you so much guys!!! I LOVE it and you gave me a great deal!! It's going to work out perfectly for getting around to some shows :)
Anyway, Linda looked Empress over for me and she thought the same as I, that we couldn't see anything wrong with her feet other than they are overgrown and really pulling on her tendons--her tendons seem to be a little thick and I wouldn't be surprised if she didn't have a little arthritis, but she might be a horse that just has to be trimmed every six weeks on the dot, and that works out pretty well here because once I'm better I can maintain a schedule like that. We'll have to see, but everyone keep your fingers crossed!
She is eating great and since I have her in an electric fence pen she hasn't cribbed at all. When she gets more mobility and can get over to the gate I'll have to watch her closely. I'll run a line across the gate if I have to. We'll see....
Thanks to Kim's suggestion on how to better prepare the beet pulp to make it more palitable, Empress has been eating it well and cleans up her plate everytime. The beet pulp is so good for her, so I'm thrilled to see her eating more of it up. I prepare it warm for her and she seems to enjoy it--hopefully it's keeping her body temp up so she's not burning too many calories trying to stay warm!
The snow is melting fast and she's already got a nice dry spot of grass to lay in, so we're all clear for now. As soon as my dad can come up and help I'll try to get my stalls done ASAP so we won't have that problem again. I have to be careful, though, not to get hurt again or we'll really be in trouble.
I'll close by posting a photo of Empress' 2004 foal. It's not very big, but maybe one day I can contact the owner and get a better pic.