Last night, wind chills got down to -25F (-32C), so Pie was in his stall for the night. Today, due to our lack of shelters in the dry lots, the horses will probably be stuck inside for most of the day. Wind chills are supposed to creep up to the -5F range by the end of the day, so the horses may get a brief time to run around before coming back in. Pie did get a very quick turnout with Scout while his stall was being cleaned, and I was pleased to see him drink from the heated water trough as he doesn't drink much from his heated stall bucket.
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It was already plenty cold and the wind was picking up yesterday afternoon as I walked to the barn - it's a couple of hundred yards from my house. As I came over the hill in sight of the barn, I whistled to the horses and they all left the round bales and galloped to their gates to be brought in - they were cold and ready. When I went to get Dawn, the three mares put on quite a display - rolling, leaping, bucking, kicking and galloping. I managed to keep them all out of my space and got Dawn's halter on. Although she was pretty up, she was good once the lead was on.
The geldings were uncharacteristically well-behaved. They seem quite happy in very close physical proximity to one another, and were all lined up at the gate. Our p.m. barn lady was getting Pie when I walked up there, and said that when she took his halter off the gate, he stepped forward - he seemed to recognize that the halter she'd selected was his - I wouldn't put it past him.
I think many, even most, horses have endearing traits. Pie seems to have many and I just discovered a new one. When I took him in his stall, I reminded him where his heated water bucket was by dipping out some water in my hand and holding it out to him. He drank it, and I did it again - he would lap it up and if there was a decent amount of water in my hand he would purse his lips and suck it up. We did this for a bit - I found it very charming for some reason. Sweet Pie!
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And, now from warmer climes, here's a picture of Norman the pony enjoying life at Paradigm Farms (thanks for the picture, Melissa!):
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And, finally, if you have interest in clicker training, here's a good post from stalecheerios on improving your clicker skills.