This morning, the temperature was 7F and the wind chill was -7F when the horses went out. Dawn managed OK with an extra layer - I put on her polarfleece cooler under her extra heavy Rambo turnout blanket. When I went by to check on the horses mid-morning, Dawn was nestled in the hay on the protected side of the round bale having the first of her daily naps. Pie, of course, could have cared less about the cold - he says this is nowhere near as cold as he's experienced in Montana and Minnesota. When I let him go at the gate, he heads straight for the round bale and pretty much stays there eating all day, except for forays to the water trough and occasional moments of play with Scout.
Tonight Pie gets to start wearing his Hock Shield. We'll see how that goes, and I'll report the results.
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We put black oil sunflowers out on the ground for the birds, just behind the house. We've been having some extra visitors lately - they also drink out of the bird bath. I think they're a family - there's a stag:
And a yearling (doe I believe):
We don't have that many deer around here since we have only a few wooded areas. These deer look very healthy and in good weight. They also seem to enjoy sunflower seeds!