My lady says that she spends a lot of time thinking about what all of us get to eat! It can be quite a science!
After Dayel's illness and death she revisited the feeding of the boy goats and sheep, went over the mineral requirements of everyone again and researched the grain and hay situation.
She also talked to the doctors about the horses and their diets. Nozzy has always been quite hefty. He eats EVERYTHING, including sticks and leaves. Tee hee.
After talking with the doctors my lady has decreased the amount of hay that the minis get. She also got in some 'munching' hay, or first cutting. We all get the nice, green second cutting hay but in order to give the horses less, she felt she needed to provide something for them that wasn't as caloric but allowed them to nibble on something, since horses are grazers.
So...she decreased the hay portions a little bit each day. They still get the nice second cutting hay, but less of it, and they have the first cutting as a back up. The don't like the first cutting. I'm glad my lady isn't going to tell me I need to eat that. She says it's perfectly good hay, but I like the green stuff!
Here is Nozzy. Does he look like he needs a diet? Tee hee.
Mokey and Nigel enjoy second cutting placed in little piles all over the paddock.
Sarah gets special beet pulp mash because of her crooked mouth. It takes her a bit of time to eat.
Here I am..."MFFFM. FFM. MFFFM. Mmmm." Tee hee.
Then my lady purchased something called a Nibble Net. Because Durin came up to the house she can now get those nets that allow the minis to nibble away at a section of hay instead of gobbling it all at once!
I'm glad I don't need a nibble net!
Everyone figured out the Nibble Nets right away - even Mokey!
These things are TOUGH. The minis play with them and sling them around once they are finished with the hay!
Below is Sarah and her first experience with the net. When she is looking to threaten and kick she's not doing it to my lady (she doesn't do that), she's telling Nozzy, who is next to my lady, and Mokey not to come any closer to HER net.