First I'd like to thank-you all for your kind words to Stephen with our recent loss. Unfortunately, I had never met Stephen's Dad, but have heard all sorts of warm stories about him. He sounds like he was truly a one of a kind and knowing my Stephen, he really did give Stephen a lot. And all of your words do mean a lot to Steve. Thanks again.
Next, I have come up with a plan for Kola & just because, Misty will be included. I have ordered the Thyro-L which is a supplemental hormone I believe- levothyroxine. This will help Kola's Thyroid to work and help her to lose the weight. I have ordered it through Valley Vet with a prescription and it should be here sometime this week. She will be on it for about two months. About $30 for a one pound of powder.Three to four teaspoons a day to start. Misty will Not get the Thyro-L. I have given the left over 11% grain to the goats and bought a pelleted "Equibalancer" feed for both the girls. I spent an hour on the phone to our local equine nutritionist and decided the Equibalancer would be the right stuff. It costs $18 a 50 pound bag and to get their daily required vitamins they both get 9oz. each twice a day. I started that last week and they both have adjusted easily to the new feed. The feed doesn't cost that much more than what I was paying for the regular grain and this feed will stay the 9oz twice a day year round. I used to up their grain in the winter, so I think the feed costs will equal out throughout the year. And in the winter I will instead up their hay intake, which I normally do anyhow. Right now they are getting a flake of hay two to three times a day. The pasture is closed until I mow it today and Misty will be allowed out. Kola will NOT until she drops the weight. Also the saddle I just bought for Kola, should arrive sometime this week and she will get some exercise. I will lunge her as well, when I don't have a thousand and one chores to do everyday, like today. So that is the feed plan for now. I only hope that this works. I think it will.