Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Back in the Deep Freeze

This morning the wind chill was about -15F when I went to the barn.  I put Scout and Pie out briefly in the arena, which has a water tank, with a bit of hay.  While they were out there, I cleaned and refilled Dawn's water bucket - she'd left a "deposit" as she often does on very cold nights - she likes to back her butt up to the heated bucket to warm it, with predictable results.  By the time I was done, Scout and Pie were having a good run and play, but as soon as I looked out the barn door, they were right at the gate desperate to get back in.

Pie seemed just fine last night - he has U-Gard in his feed and we're soaking it with some hot water.  He's fed in a pan on the floor.  The pan has a salt block in it, which together with the soaked pellets, helped to slow down his eating.  He also never drinks well from his heated bucket inside, so I'm going to start adding plain (uniodized) table salt to his feed.  He likes his salt block and vigorously licks and bites it, but a little more salt might do the trick for his drinking - it helped a lot with Maisie who was a poor drinker in the winter.

And, speaking of Maisie, here's a lovely picture of her down at Paradigm Farms - you can see why I got her - I was bewitched by her beauty and sweetness:


For those of you affected by the very cold weather, stay warm and safe!

23 comments:

  1. Wow! Your Maisie looks a lot like my Rosie. Pretty girls.

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  2. I'm very lucky not to be in the bitter cold, and I hope it passes soon for you, too. That's interesting about putting the pan on the floor to slow down his eating--makes sense.

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  3. I think I would die in that kind of cold. Glad Pie is doing well.

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  4. Somehow I KNEW that photo of Maisie would turn up here! She is a pretty girl!
    I routinely add a pinch of loose white salt to everyone's supplements every night, to keep them drinking. After the scare with Kate earlier this winter, and past episodes with Misty, I figure it's just good insurance. Glad Pie is doing better.

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  5. I've personally got my fingers crossed that this is the last bitter blast of the winter. We're a few degrees warmer than you but it's still awful out there.

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  6. I wish the light had been better for that picture of Maisie but it was overcast when I took the picture. If she had been surrounded by some good natural light that would have been a truly stunning picture of her, she is so pretty!

    We feed all of the horses soaked feed at every meal. There is a lot of potential benefit to that and no real downside (except that it adds a lot of time and work to the feeding routine).

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  7. I have a "poo in the water bucket regardless horse!" Lol. Everytime!

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  8. I had to laugh at the poo deposit comment--the image of a horse warming her bum on the heated bucket just really makes her seem all that much more human!

    I wouldn't be able to resist that beautiful face either. It's amazing how much we can learn about a horse just by studying it's face.

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  9. Glad to hear that Pie is doing well. Indeed, a gorgeous picture of Maisie. She looks like she is doing well.

    Our horses get soaked beet pulp with their grain morning and night year round.

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  10. Wow that is a really beautiful picture of Maisie! Hope Pie is feeling better soon and you figure out what causes his discomfort.

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  11. I'm soaking Toby's feed and all the Boys get soaked beet pulp at late night feed.

    Here's hoping the soaking and UGard will help Pie along. This winter's bitter weather could upset anyone's system.

    Beautiful picture of Masie. She really is a gorgeous girl.

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  12. Missy gets salt (and electrolytes during the summer) in her feed every morning, as well as having access to a free-choice salt block.

    That picture of Maisie is absolutely stunning!!!

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  13. I had wondered about Pie's drinking habits in the cold .I had a colt several years ago who suffered in a similar manner as he would not drink whe it was cold . Heated water , or fresh cold

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  14. My goodness I would freeze solid in two seconds in that kind of cold!!

    I'm glad Pie is still feeling okay. I think you're doing all of the right things. I never thought of a salt block for slowing them down hehe. I always used rocks. I like your idea. :)

    Stay warm!!

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  15. We have a horse that just didn't feel like drinking? He gets into a habit of not paying attention or not wanting to drink. Someone suggested putting in a couple of tablespoons of frozen apple juice concentrate. It worked wonders. I just added a little every day til he got into the habit of drinking again. Weird, but, true.
    By the way, I enjoy your blog very much, thanks!

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  16. Oh my goodness, I wonder if that's what Dee was doing when she left a "deposit" in her waterer the other night? Never even crossed my mind that the waterer with it's heating element might be a source of coziness! lol

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  17. My gelding got very good a peeing in his feed pan. Not sure how he did it, but he was a pro.

    The picture of Maisie is beautiful. Such a pretty face!

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  18. Oh, I just finished complaining about 18 degrees (positive) on my blog. I am sorry. I hope it warms up soon for you!

    Glad Pie is doing fine and having a play with Scout.

    That Maisie is just the prettiest girl ever.

    Stay warm!

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  19. So glad to hear that Pie is fine.

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  20. Hope the salt works well for Pie. Even though I have tank heaters I still had ice to break and the horses insisted on drinking out of the holes furthest from their respective pens. They are odd about water in the winter!

    Maisie is gorgeous! I love a pretty bay mare anyday :)

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  21. Glad to hear that Pie is feeling better. He's such a sweetie. I wonder if he could be allergic to something? These things are so hard to sort out, but with all your knowledge I'm sure you'll sort it out.

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  22. gosh I hope Pie is ok and you get to the bottom of the mystery goings on. I just cant imagine the cold weather you are having.I can only wish the humid weather we are having up in your direction. Spring is coming!

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