I took the horsevan to Leradale to give it a run and to see if we needed it for Vitamin and Fivla. I have been sucking my teeth about Vitamin for a few days.
After Vitamin’s half-arsed attempt at her bucket, I made the decision to bring her home, with Fivla for company.
When we arrived home, we put them in the stable and I tried Vitamin out on “green sludge” (fibre block by any other name).
She quite liked it and even ate some mouthfuls.
After making sure the ladies had everything they could both possibly need, I drove to Lerwick to get more hay and visited the feed merchant to get a lick bucket and some sugar beet. Then home not even stopping for chips!
It became very clear very quickly that both ponies did not want to be kept inside so we walked them slowly over to Clothie.
Ok, there is no grass but we can keep a better eye on them and feed little and often if we can find whatever it is Vitamin wants to or can eat. She liked the lick bucket. Sugar, sugar, sugar. I don’t care.
Delivered today were many blocks of grassibix – dried grass with linseed. She liked that and I have put one onto soak to see if it is easier for her in that form.
Tomorrow afternoon (in a howling gale) we are driving the ladies to our vet so that Vitamin can have her teeth rasped. I think she has some sharp bits and it hurts her to eat.
I hope we can help her. I don’t want this to be the end.