While Brett and I are hanging in limbo waiting for resolution on the purchase of Oak Creek Ranch, the horses are living the good life.
Even Jackson. I wasn't sure if Jackson would survive the trip up here. His health is fragile; he suffers from insulin resistance which has caused laminitis and he is prone to ulcers. Our farrier didn't think his feet could handle the eleven hour trailer ride from Aspen Meadows to Oak Creek. He doesn't like being away from home so I was afraid his ulcers would flare up. Even in his safe and comfortable herd life at Aspen Meadows, he was on medication for the IR and his manure was always a bit sloppy. His hind legs and tail were consistently gross.
Before leaving Aspen Meadows, Brett dosed him for a few days with GastroGuard for the ulcers. He bedded the trailer extra deep with shavings and gave Jackson a few grams of bute (horse aspirin) before loading him up.
He unloaded from the trailer sound and has stayed that way ever since his arrival. He is thriving on a diet of hay and dry grass. He is refusing his meds but he doesn't seem to need them. His poop has never looked so good. And his hind legs? Spotless!
Horses' digestive systems are not designed for three square meals. They are designed to process little bits of food all day long. Even though the grass is not nutritious at all, it is keeping something in his gut all day long.
This last photo is for Lori and Moon. We saw this mini being driven through downtown Placerville yesterday.