Friday, December 4, 2009
Winter is here. We had about an inch of snow last night, and the highs today will only reach the mid-20s, with some wind. Most of the horses are in good weight and have plush coats, so only three went out with some protection - Noble is underweight at age 29 and gets cold easily, so he went out in his heavy blanket, but with the neck cover pulled back. Joe, although nice and round and very heavy coated, often gets cold and is wearing a fleece cooler under his sheet, and Dawn (our weather princess) has a wool cooler under her sheet. Blackjack (over 30) has his shed to go in, so I figured he would be more comfortable without a blanket so his heavy coat could fluff up and keep him warm. All the horses have free choice hay, and that also helps keep everyone warm. I brought out my parka and insulated boots this morning, but haven't done the long underwear yet - I'm saving that for the even colder weather to come!