Monday, August 24, 2009

Delphi + One Year

With all the hubbub concerning Nathan and, more recently, Mona, some of our other residents are feeling a little left out. To remedy that situation, we're going to attempt to provide updates on everyone over the coming days/weeks.

Remember Delphi?

Delphi arrived one year ago, in August 2008. Her owner repeated again and again that Delph must be in "organ failure" since she could not get her to gain weight.

Guess what? A horse must be fed, and fed an appropriate ration, in order to gain or maintain weight. The majority of horses that arrive at Traveller's Rest in this condition are in this condition because they are not being fed an appropriate diet. The second most common reason for this condition on arrival is insufficient quantities of an appropriate diet. In Delphi's case, dental insufficiency is not an issue (yet,) so we can only conclude she was not being given enough food for a mare of her size. She is not a "hard keeper" and is currently maintaining this weight on only 3 quarts of Triple Crown Senior each day and free choice grazing/hay.

Delphi, Age 29, August 2, 2009

As herd matriarch of her band, Delphi rules the roost in the "outback" field.

Happy Anniversary, Delph!

2 comments:

maria stone said...

well delphi looks well now. what is over its eye.

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Anonymous said...

It's a fly mask for protection from bugs and the sun.