I haven't been able to spend much time with the horses lately. I wouldn't exactly call them neglected, but I haven't done much with them either. My biggest concern about them is that they have both gotten very overweight this winter, especially Gabe. They get nothing other than grass hay and a vitamin supplement. I don't even have grain on the property any more and they are now eating out of slow feed nets with one inch holes. Whatever has been wrong with Gabe's mouth seems to be better. I am not convinced that the problem is entirely gone, but it is not bothering him anymore and it certainly doesn't impede his consumption so I am taking a wait and see approach.
I think the reason they are both such chubs (besides extreme laziness and lack of exercise) is that the hay is too rich. Farm Buddy always makes good hay, but because of the drought, it probably has a higher than normal sugar content. I can't change the hay, but I hope I can start making these fatties get a bit more exercise. We certainly tried this weekend. Before our ride, I took them into the bottom of the pasture and convinced them to run around a bit. It's probably the most exercise they've gotten all year.
"Who are you calling fat?"
"I'm not fat. I just know how to keep warm."