So, of course I know the BO's know Laz and know when he's fine and when he's not. But you know when you just need to put your eyes on your baby to make yourself feel better?
Yes, of course you all do!
So...after my appointments, I raced to the farm.
Angel face was face first in his hay with a good, wet mouth
"Mmmmm, nnmoommm, Hey Mom...mmmmmmmMMM'
Can you see the cutest little pink tongue and tooth!?
Ignore the mud
Ignore the mane
Too many years in Hunter/Jumper as a kid....what can I say, it bothers me that Laz looks like a mess, but OH WELL, he's happy! :)
I chose to not ride and just hand walk him. I decided after how I mowed over Thanksgiving, I needed to walk too. Laz had a nice pep in his step and was acting 100% normal, but who doesn't benefit from a nice walk?
Thanks to Karla for this cooking inspiration of a witch brew slurpee!
She makes a custom one for her sweet girl, Honey.
I used what I could, due to Laz being intolerant of sugars.
I first called my vet and talked to Cliff about their thoughts and put this together:
Warm water, a scoop (tablespoon?) of salt, 1/2 cup of his Triple Crown L/S, some hay fines-about a fistfull, and two mouth-chopped up carrots. Stirred and let sit for about 35 minutes to soak and cool down while we took a walk.
When we came back inside-Laz loved it and made a mess!
He slurped, gulped, chewed and then DOVE into the bucket (nostrils under which of course I thought...great, now I'm drowning my baby) and picked out the carrots!
It felt so satisfying to get that water in him!!! Of course it required a good nose cleaning afterwards because he look like a mess. I plan on buying him some 50/50 hay cubes or Orchard grass pellets to soak instead of using his grain. This should be fun! I hope it proves to do him good in hydrating him and not causes any GUT issues. Vet felt it was OK to do daily or every other as I'm there to encourage the liquids primarily.
Vet wants no bran mashes for him because of the fact of any drastic change in feed, could change the micro-organisms in the GUT and may cause an endotoxin release. BAD for laminitic horses...like really bad. He stated too that even though bran mash is mostly fiber, there is also carbs in it, that as we know-turn to sugar. Especially NO Molasses, sugar, apples, bananas, etc for him.