First, a review of her progression:
11/7/09 (the day I bought her): 1020lbs
6/11/11: 1197lbs (almost 180lbs heavier than the day I bought her)
11/6/11: 1152lbs :( :( :(
So she lost quite a bit of weight.
The dumbest thing is that I had 1253lbs in my head as her weight back in June, so I was beating myself up over the fact that I thought my horse had lost 100 lbs in less than 6 months...but in actuality it is half of that (not that it's good, but it's not as terrible as 100 lbs would have been).
I have been coming up with a list of reasons why she might lose so much weight:
-worms are the most likely culprit. I de-wormed her back in July-ish but I haven't done anything since then, and 'tis the season for lots of nasties right now. I sent a fecal sample out to be tested so I know exactly what I'm dealing with before I pump her full of chemicals.
-lots of exercise, even more than usual
-cold weather setting in
-grass not as plentiful in the paddocks
-trying to hold off on blanketing so she'd grow a coat (though in mid-October I looked at her one day and saw ribs and I was like AHHHHHH! so she's been getting blanketed fairly aggressively ever since)
I will wait for the fecal report to come back and go from there. I'm just glad she didn't lose 100 lbs...I seriously was going nuts about how terrible of a horse owner I am.
|up on the scale, looking cute|
|a pony in a mini van!|
|meet Lily, a therapy pony who came to be weighed. how much do you think|
|she was an excellent loader.|
|she kissed, "shook hands", peed, pooped, and reared on command.|
|Lucy, Lauren, Dreamer, and C ready to go out on a trail ride. Yes, Lauren is|
bareback. She's a brave woman.