My, it has been a while! Nothing really new in the routine - it's been too hot and humid for much activity.
The"alfalfa experiment" has had mixed success. Essa and Cody are happily eating up 1/2 pound of soaked alfalfa cubes at supper, and Cody is eating more hay. Unfortunately his cribbing has gotten worse, so I've started a course of ranitidine for ulcers. I have to dose him two or three times a day, and Essa is most interested in the extra snacks Cody is getting. I'd like to treat her too eventually but 40 pills a day for 4 weeks adds up, even for the "economical" ranitidine.
I tried a "labyrinth" pole exercise, which Essa handled like a pro.
Essa was treated to her first massage on Sunday. I wasn't sure how she'd handle it, being so sensitive to grooming, but my friend the massage therapist was quite pleased with her. She said Essa has a lot of tension all over, just accumulated from racing and stress. Essa clearly didn't know what was going on, but she had moments of relaxation and will likely "get into it" more readily next time.
We discovered that Essa likes huffing lavender. Kara rubbed a few drops of lavender oil between her palms and let Essa sniff it to help her relax. Essa started by trying to eat the bottle - she REALLY likes this stuff!