Dude - "Mom"
Momma - Yes?
Dude - You Makin Breakfast?
Momma - Yes
Dude - Fore MEEE!!!
Momma - No, for PJ
Dude (with confused sour face) - PJ tant tome in the house to eat...? I eat it.
Momma - Little Man I'm making you some oatmeal, but this is for PJ
Dude - Otay
J.ustaCowgirl - It smells good, whatcha cookin for breakfast Mom?
Momma - PJ's food, want some?
J.ustaCowgirl - Ummmm, no. But its wierd, it really does smell good, but looks nasty.
So, you guessed it, my house is filled with yummy smelling food. Its just not people food. PJ is somewhere over 26 years old. He's the rope horse that tought tons of guys around here to rope. He taught me the right way to rate a steer. He was the babysitter for A.Cowgirl & J.ustaCowgirl while we bred literally thousands of cows. He has severe arthritis & now his teeth are getting pretty thin.
So, I cook a hot breakfast for him. I don't cook a hot breakfast for my family every day, but I do for PJ. He also gets a hot lunch & supper too. We're taking Beet Pulp (very high energy) and Equine Senior and cooking it in the crock pot to heat it up & serving it warm to him. 3 to 5 times a day. The water is also warm from the automatic waterer in the run that he shares with the show calves. This has made a huge difference in his energy level & hopefully will make it easier for him to get through another winter.
While I'm on this subject I need to talk about animal "comfort". We have a barn & stalls. It also has runs that open to the east with hay bale feeders in them. PJ is really old and its pretty hard for him to get around. But, he HATES being in a stall. But he really should be in a stall to feed him & give him some of his own space. But then, he wouldn't be able to play (or bite at) with 7-up. He wouldn't be able to have his own choice to go in or out, eat hay or not eat hay. Its a daily mental battle to put him in a stall or let him be. Granted, he has his own pen to eat in (the calves & 7-up are locked out). But he should really be in a stall for his best interest. Right??
No. I don't think so. He is happier out with 7-up and the calves. He is happier standing outside. Does his comfort count for something? I think so. I will make sure that he's fed well (better than well) and happy. So remember that when you drive by a pasture & there are cattle & horses out in the snow. They might like to be there. (But I do love the option of having my entire herd under a roof).
So, if you stop by the house & it smells really yummy, don't get excited, its just horse food. But you're welcome to try it, I have.