This morning was -9F (-23C), so the horses didn't go out. There was supposed to be more wind, and I'm hoping the wind chills won't be as bad today as they were expecting. Inside the barn it was 6F (-14C), which is the coldest I can remember it ever being. We've had longer periods of even colder weather, but with only 8 horses in the barn instead of the 12 or 13 we used to have, the barn gets colder. All the horses but Pie and Charisma are blanketed inside at those temperatures. Pie and Charisma were both comfortable - their fur was lying flat - when it stands up the horse may be beginning to feel a bit cold even if not shivering.
Pie and Scout got a few minutes in a nearby turnout with some hay and a heated water tank, and did some running around and playing, while I was hand-walking Dawn in the barn aisle for about 10 minutes. By noon I expect the temperature will be up a bit with wind chills still somewhat below zero, but we'll probably put the the horses out for at least a while.
It seems to be the week for Scout boo-boos. When I brought Pie in and went back to get Scout, Scout hadn't come to the gate and was standing there licking his left knee. Hmm . . . Whenever a horse is behaving in an unusual way, I give them an extra checking over. Sure enough, although there didn't seem to be anything wrong with his knee, there was blood on his left front foot on the inside just above the heel. It looked as though he had overreached and caught himself on the heel while they were running. Perhaps he tweaked his knee a bit when he stepped on himself, but he was standing on the leg just fine and walking normally. I wiped the blood off, and it appeared to just be a small cut that looked like it had been cut by a hoof. Not too serious, but I put on a bit of Nolvasan antiseptic ointment and left a message for Jill on her cell phone.
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Pie seems to be doing well at feeding time now on his new regime of U-Gard, soaked pellets and added salt. (This morning soaking his pellets was a particular challenge - they were so cold that even soaking with hot water didn't do anything - the pellets just chilled the water. I ended up having to run hot water in the sink in the office and sitting the small bucket with his feed in the hot water - it finally warmed up enough that the pellets dissolved.) He even drank (a very small amount of) water from his heated bucket last night. I think he's just deciding not to drink - he's smart enough to know that he'll be going out where he can drink from a tank, which he prefers, so he just waits. He also strongly dislikes being in a stall at all, so perhaps it's a protest. I'm just glad he seems to be OK for now. His hock sore is starting to come back, but with some luck tonight's the last night he'll have to be inside.