I have been thinking and worrying a bit about Brá recently.
Since Dreki was weaned, Brá has continued to drop weight. I have also noticed she was kicking her belly while she eats, which can be a sign of abdominal colic. Her teats are fine, small and pointing downwards – I don’t think it is mastitis or a temperature. No diarrhoea either.
Brá was wormed at the beginning of April – everyone was.
Yesterday, with my waters churning, I decided to nuke her with Fasinex for possible liver fluke, which is rare in horses but on the up these days especially this time of year. I am hoping it did the trick.
This morning, for the first time ever, Brá came galloping when we arrived, for her bucket. She only kicked once, but it was more, I think, from being hassled by a hopeful Lilja on the scrounge.
I am keeping a close eye on Brá now. Having said that, she is not helpful so it could just be learned behaviour from being fed up with Dreki and she will start putting on weight now the Spring grass is arriving.
Meanwhile Lilja remains with Hetja – she will be moved soon and weaned.
I have a plan.
(Note how Lilja loves hanging onto Hetja’s leadrope. Her dad, Taktur, does this too – a terrible habit but awwww!)
Once the Spring grass is more evident, I will open the gates and let The Minions into Hetja’s field.
Hetja will eventually stop trying to kill them all and Lilja will get new friends.
Then, when Lilja is not looking, we will move Hetja and Brá while Lilja stays with her new herd. Well, that’s the theory, anyway.
Mr Headcollar is an old friend and Lilja is now leading, going fairly well too.