Rev is a little bit too thin.I know it's healthier to be thin than fat, but I'd really like to see more padding over those ribs and hip bones.
For several months, I've pondered the reasons for his skinny-ness. This is a stable full of fat horses, so I know it's not a hay quantity or quality issue. Rev is up to date on his vaccinations and worming so it's not that either. For a while I thought it might be his teeth, mostly because I couldn't think of anything else. Recently, however, I've identified another culprit. His name is Ranger.
Ranger is Rev's neighbor.
Rev loves Ranger and Ranger loves Rev's food.
I often arrive at the barn shortly after feeding time, and it's not unusual to find Ranger with his neck through the fence and his head in Rev's feeder. Rev doesn't seem to mind this at all. In fact, he seems happy to share a meal with his best buddy. I am less generous. It makes me mad every time I see fat Ranger eating skinny Rev's hay. I've been moving the food beyond Ranger's reach, but that's an imperfect solution. I can't be there for every meal, plus I'm mildly allergic to hay. Touching it leaves me an itchy rash on my forearms--not fun.
Today, I decided to try something else.Using plastic garden fence and zip ties, I erected a temporary Ranger guard above Rev's feeder.
When I was done, both boys inspected my work.
Ranger didn't approve.
The Ranger guard isn't pretty...but I think it's going to work.
Here's looking forward to a less bony Rev in the very near future!