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!