No one would claim that the move back to a traditional barn has been good for Pia. She has some positive moments and seems to want to be a good girl, but her anxiety and stress just get the best of her (almost all of the time).
I pulled the trigger on the GastroGard and ordered a 28 day pack. That was one of those moments where in my head I thought, "$30 isn't horrid. That's not very expensive." Then I did the math and thought that $1,000/month sounded a lot more horrid adn quite a bit more expensive.
Just one more way my brain tricks me into spending money. $30 a day? how about $1.25 an hour? Now that's downright affordable...
The GastroGard is en route. It should be here today, but it might still be buried in a snowdrift somewhere.
The other aspect of the plan - which was a much more difficult decision to make - is to move Pia away from my current barn. The primary consideration is obviously her happiness/mental health, but a secondary consideration is that her bills are just way too high for a situation that doesn't work for her or me.
Turns out we have a fabulous option in a good long time friend - the very same who cared for and loved on Star at her facility for the last sixteen years. I trust her knowledge and capabilities (obviously) and she even has a cute little mini-herdlette that Pia can run around with.
P did seem much happier out at Summer Camp - and I think a lot of that had to do with her socialization as well as the larger space to roam. Hopefully this move with get her halfway back to that scenario at a fraction of the cost...
Anyway, I gave my 30 day notice for Pia over the weekend so there's no rush in moving her for a few weeks. I also want to see firsthand what (if any) impact the GastroGard has on her so she won't be going anywhere until I can observe at least half of her dosing regiment.
I don't think I can permanently foist the mare on my friend, but it will be a good test scenario to see if a drastic change in environment is enough to alter her happy factor. I'm excited to have a plan. And I'm also excited to relinquish some of the guilt in not being able to make it work where we are.
|A seemingly much happier P-ster back at summer camp.|