I am worried about Millhouse Raw Deal. Despite our ministrations (worming and teeth), she is not keeping on the weight. She is 22 years old and we have had her since the beginning of our breeding programme at Thordale Stud in 2008.
She is eating well and has extra hard feed which she happily tucks into but the weight is not there. Her backbone is beginning to show and a hard Shetland winter is about to arrive. We can give her shelter, unlimited food including hard food and monitor her progress. If she is still not maintaining her weight, then we will make the final decision.
Born in 1992, she has had 6 foals in her life and was the Royal Highland Show Champion in 1996.
Delia, as we call her, really is a lovely kind easy girl who was the best mother to Carina, Gwendolinda and Kiki. The sort of “lady” you can lead about by her chin hairs and she would never have an objection. Well, you know what I mean!
I can’t really imagine the herd without her solid self being around, baby-sitting when required and teaching everyone how to behave. One of our original matriarchs but she is slowly going down the herd hierarchy and that is always sad for dominant mare. Her eyes are sad too. She looks tired.
Pooh. I hate these decisions and I hate them looming. I feel so useless. 22 is no age.
So fattening vibes for Raw Deal please. She is a dear girl.