Nothing is ever written in stone.
I spend many hours thinking about what is best for my animals’ welfare and worry about them being too thin or too fat but rarely just right!
I tend to think aloud and discuss my plans with Daisy. Her horse knowledge is good and science-based so she is the perfect person to bounce ideas off.
Yesterday, I looked carefully at the Shetlands at Leradale to see if they were surviving this winter without extra food. They tend to stay in one spot of their huge field – fer cryin’ out loud.
I will admit that, as well as being worried about Delia (I am always worrying about Delia), Tiddles was on my list too – if I poked I could feel his spine.
Daisy had a prod and agreed but she could also feel a good fat layer.
So I stopped worrying about Tiddles.
He is fine.
I love these two photos!
So we decided that, as the ponies are not moving much around this field, we will take a headcollar and herd them all up to the grass so they get used to looking for food rather than staying in the same place.
I think it is partially the lure of their neighbours.
So I led Delia and Daisy moved the stragglers on to keep up.
You can see there is plenty of grass – they just have to cross a small stream to find it.
It is not difficult.
So we will do this for a week and see if this helps Delia maintain her weight (as well as hard feed). Failing that, we will put Plan B into action – ie move Delia and if the others want to stand and starve, well, they will have to do that by themselves.
That will be their choice.