Lately, I’ve been taking Tinni for daily walks around our neighborhood loop. I unclip his lead once we get going and we match pace with one another. Today I ran and he paced alongside me. This may not seem like any big deal, but it is in that being out and about does us both a world of good, mentally and physically, as does our daily grooming sessions. He’s now shedding out nicely.
I’m also learning a great deal from Tinni about the ins and outs of older horse care. Movement is essential, as is his getting supplements in a timely fashion. He’s getting a daily slurpy that consists of three cups of beet pulp, three ounces of California Trace, a dash of salt, a quarter of a cup of ground flax, and 1/8 of a teaspoon of copper.
I suspect that the addition of copper and zinc, found in the California Trace, was what ultimately resolved his eye issue. He is now bright eyed on both sides, and no longer (as he was before) in pain. He does startle when horses or dogs come up behind him unexpectedly – I think that this is loss of vision related.
I put a blanket on him when the temperature drops. This way, he remains dry and warm.
For some odd reason, Tyra seems to badger him, so I separate the two by having one in the small pen and the other in the paddock. I sense that Tinni, who in a month will be thirty, appreciates my being aware of and doing something about this problem.
So yes, Tinni is one of the team. And, additionally, he remains my favorite horse.
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