|Stall rest, week 3 and counting...|
This is also the hardest stall rest I've had to deal with. Mostly because my horse is at home now, which means that I have to work stall mucking, medication, and bandaged changes into my already full and complicated schedule. To top it off I slipped on the ice, during day two of stall rest, and bruised my tail bone. That took three weeks to heal, and I can just now easily bend over and pick things up. It made mucking very slow and painful. Not fun. I guess if I were a stall rest masochist though, that would have added to the fun.
As horse owners, we do what we can and we suffer through it with a smile on our faces most of the time. In the end, a healthy, happy, sound horse will be well worth all the extra toil. I suspect that for most of us, our concern over stall rest isn't just all the extra work involved, but maintaining our horse's sanity.
Rose hated stalls when I first got her. However, stall rest or not, she had to be in a stall from time to time depending on our boarding situation and show schedule. I was desperate to do whatever it took to occupy her mind and also keep barn owners happy. As a result I learned a few tricks. Some things I tried were a waste of money and some things worked. Eventually she became a good girl in a stall, and I no longer worried that I would get kicked out of whatever barn or show grounds we were boarded at.
Going into Gentry's stall rest I immediately pulled out all the stops that I knew worked, and I hoped that he would be good about the stall. As far as I know, he has never been in a stall in his life. So far, he has been a saint about his stall rest, and I guess I will never know if it is because of my stall rest tricks or if it is his saintly personality. Regardless, I feel like I have gained some excellent knowledge on the topic of maintaining a sane horse on stall rest, and thought I would share my tricks.
How to Survive Stall Rest
Hanging Salt Lick
Heated Water Tub
|16-gallon heated water tub|
Things to Not Bother With
Likit Tongue Twister
In Conclusion or TL;DR
Give your horse an endlessly full nibble net, hanging salt lick, barn buddy, and cut the grain from day one and they should be mostly content during stall rest. For his part Gentry is staying nice and sane, and has not shown any evidence of developing a stall vice. Now it is just a matter of waiting it out and continuing to survive the rest of his stall rest.