- What are your thoughts about providing hay for your horse when you trailer him/her?
I always hang a "small mesh" hay net for Misty. The openings are very small, so she can't grab big mouthfuls of hay while in the trailer, but she can nibble. If I'm going to have the windows open or driving at highway speed, I will put a fly mask on her to protect her eyes from debris that may blow around.
Many years ago someone hauled a 2 year old filly of mine who was inexperienced and nervous about being hauled. The hauler put alfalfa cubes in the manger of the trailer to keep her occupied. When my filly came out of the trailer, she had foaming saliva dripping out of her mouth. I immediately called the vet and he asked me what she had been eating in the trailer. When I told him hay cubes, he knew right away that she had one stuck in her throat and couldn't swallow. I could feel the hard cube stuck in there. He instructed me to give her water through a hose in her mouth and massage her throat until the hay cube dissolved. It worked. This was a long time ago and I don't know if that is the recommended method today. If this ever happens to you, call your vet. Better yet, never feed hay cubes in the trailer. That experience made me cautious about feeding in the trailer and that's why I use a "small mesh" hay net. Even with loose hay, I don't want Misty to gulp down big mouthfuls in the trailer.
- You have just won a 2 minute shopping spree at a tack store. What store are you in and what will you grab?
I really need a new saddle for Misty, but I'm kinda broke right now. So I would go to a tack store with a very large selection of saddles, probably Brighton Saddlery, and grab as many saddles that might fit Misty. I'd keep the one that fits and sell the rest. If none fit, I'd sell them all and use the money to buy a custom saddle to fit my full-figured gal.
- What plans do you have for the weekend?
I'm getting up very early Saturday morning to bake blueberry breakfast bars to take to our blogger brunch. I'm looking forward to it. I will have to do a little shopping on my way home (probably just window shopping ... did I mention I'm kinda broke right now?). If I get home early enough Saturday afternoon, I will ride Misty. On Sunday I will go to church.
Somewhere in the weekend I will have to make room for some laundry and a little housekeeping (Well, we'll see about that. My intentions are always good, but the weekend has a way of slipping away before all the chores are done).
Odd Person Out
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