For now, she is allowed 15 minute walks on hard surfaces, and she can be walked a couple of times a day. She can be hand-grazed as often as we have time for; Dr. R said she can be hand-grazed all day if we want.
Since Sally is out of commission with her hand, I'm taking care of the walking and hand grazing during the week when I'm off work, and Heather is going to do some of the hand walking on the weekends.
Today when I got to the barn, I took Jezebel out first. She was hanging out in her stall, watching the goings-on in the aisle. She gave a small nicker when she saw me, which made me smile. I got my rope halter, which is an extra-stiff one with extra knots on the nose and poll that I had custom made for my crazy gelding way back when. Sally had warned me that Jez can get very bratty when on stall rest, and I've seen her yank her mom around when she REALLY wants to go to that one patch of grass. So I gave the rope halter a whirl.
|"You mean I can't haz grasses whenever I wantz? You're no fun!"|
I then took her past Lily's paddock to the nice patch of grass at the end. Lily and her new paddock buddy, Clarence, who is another OTTB and a barn favorite, both came over to the corner of their paddock to stare at Jez. "Why are you out there?" Clarence is another bay, with a star and stripe similar to Lily's, and they looked adorable, like big brother and little sister, standing at the fence side by side. He was part of Lily's and Jez's little circle of friends in the big field.
I decided to add something to Jez's training: a command to graze. I made her wait, then gave a pull down on the lead rope at the same time as I said, "Down." I want her to associate this with getting permission to graze. When I wanted to move her to a different spot, I pulled upwards on the lead rope, "Up", and she had to walk next to me until I gave her the "Down" command again. She was really good for this-I just hope it's something that sticks for later. It will be awesome if we can install a grazing button so she doesn't rip Sally's fixed-up hand off being a brat later on!
|"Nom nom nom..."|
Jezebel got to go out for another walk after I rode Lily, and we basically repeated the same routine. After hand grazing and once back in her stall, I gave her a flake of hay to keep her busy, and a couple of treats in her feeder. I got more nickers from her. My mare needs to take lessons from Jez on greeting the people that love her! ;)
|"I'z sexy and I know it!"|
Sally took the horse personality quiz. Of course Jez came out a Goddess! *lol*