Tuesday, November 12, 2013
It's Been A Long While Since I Posted.........
So, Here's an update.........I had no need to shave Kola this year..........My success with managing her Cushings or Pre-Cushings condition was all with weight. I was able to restrict her food. I've switched to Purina Senior Feed for both of the girls, giving them only 6 ounces each twice a day and I've found a good 50/50 sometimes 40/60 alfalfa-grass mix with some decent nutrients in it. Depending on the size of the flake and how weighty it feels in my arms, they get any where from two to three flakes to split between them twice a day. Maybe even a little less during the summer months when the pasture is open to them. Also keeping a mineral block available to them at all times. I have been able to keep them both at a body score of "5". Keeping Kola's weight down and keeping them on a strict diet has made the world of difference. I didn't even have to give Kola any meds this past spring and as I said earlier no shaving of hair. A lot of grooming to get the winter fuzz off last spring. I feel that this diet has done the task.
These are their new Winter jackets. I'm not sure how they'll pan out. They are a Saxon Brand. I have never tried them before. They're a 1200 denier and boast a teflon outer shell that completely repels water and outside elements, however they do not seem to have any fiber fill, although a nylon lining. Last night's wind chills were in the low teens and neither of them seemed cold this morning. So I wonder if these will do for our harsh cold winters here in Wisconsin or will I need a fiber filled stable blanket under them for the real cold days. Does anyone know anything about this Saxon brand out there? I'd like to hear about it, if you have.
One reason I've been busy is that Zoe, our daughter just got married on November 1st.. We've been very busy with the Wedding plans through out the summer and as soon as I have the professional photos back, I'll post them. Also we had been waiting the arrival of another grandson in the UK. He came just about a week before Zoe's Wedding. Rebecca and Jim have a new healthy baby boy named Alex and our little Joseph at 4yrs old has started school. It sounds as if he's already becoming a great big brother to Alex. Hopefully we'll get back to the UK in April to visit with all of them. And of course, Thomas's little girl, our UK grand-daughter is already two yrs old. They all grow so fast. Hopefully next April. Business hasn't been as good as we hoped and my paycheck is sucked up by the cost of Health Insurance. Ugh!