The worst of the snow stayed to the west of us, but we got several inches of heavy wet snow mixed with sleet overnight.
Today was one of those blanketing challenge days. With 11 horses to blanket, and variations in age and cold hardiness, it's interesting enough. But today the weather added to the mix - we're starting with temperatures just about freezing, where the horses would ordinarily go out without sheets or blankets, but the temperatures are falling through the day into the low 20sFwith the wind picking up until we're looking at gusts to 30 mph. Tonight we're getting low single digits for temperatures, with very strong winds - wind chills of about -20F. Tomorrow, wind chills will be well below zero all day, so the horses will be staying in.
So it was a day of compromises - some were probably over-blanketed and some were probably under-blanketed - I didn't want anyone to overheat during the morning, but also wanted those who tend to get cold to not get too chilled by the end of the day. So Dawn, who is always cold, went out in her heavy blanket, but with the neck part not fastened, since she's at a good weight. Noble, who is underweight and gets cold anyway, wore his heavy blanket but with the neck fastened up. Joe and Maisie wore fleece coolers under their sheets. Blackjack wore his medium weight blanket - he also has a heavy for very cold weather - he's pretty furry and has his shed to go in. Charisma, Scout, Fred, Fritz, Misty and Sugar went out in their sheets.
With luck, that'll do the trick!