After speaking on the phone and sending "Before and After" pictures of Rosie via email to my VERY VERY busy vet today, she agreed that an "emergency" visit is not necessary as she just saw her the end of March as a follow up to the respiratory infection. She'll be out in June to do a Coggins and rabies on both Rosie and Bonnie. She'll do the fecal for worms then too.
She suggested the following supplements:
Weight Gain (two scoops a day until she's a healthy weight again)
A decent "Multi-vitamin" staying low in sugar and starches she suggested Dumont (two scoops a day)
And Alfalfa (cubed or pellets) (I don't remember how much but have it written down at work)
I completely forgot to ask her if alfalfa cubes have to be soaked, and if so how long. Can anyone give a girl a hint? If they have to be soaked, I'll go with pellets just for ease of serving.
So tonight I ziplock bagged the WeightGain and Dumont Vitamins - 15 days each for Rosie and Bonnie.
I decided to give Bonnie maintenance dose of both.
I've been to the barn every evening this week except Tuesday, and they've been feed correctly. I've made sure their buckets are full of water when I get there, and just before I leave I top them off.
I've been riding Bonnie this week and I'm having a blast with the little mare. Tonight I changed things up and rode in my All Purpose English saddle. I groomed and tacked Bonnie ground tied in the outdoor arena. She's such a good girl. She didn't even flinch when the BO was trying to catch horses and they were stampeding in their paddock.
I set up a cone / barrel course. I left the barrels in barrel pattern and set the cones up down center line. I rode the barrel pattern first at walk then serpentined the cones down center line. The goal was to work with Bonnie in rhythm and consistency in gaits. We did fairly well and I was happy with her.
She likes to remind me that "Once a Barrel Horse, ALWAYS a Barrel Horse" !!! I have to work very hard with my legs to keep her a lunge whip length from the barrel as we circle.