Yesterday it started pouring in the afternoon and I brought the horses in (with substantial help from my sweet husband) and dealt with removing the nasty wet blankets. The horses were able to go back out this morning - into "dry" lots with pastern-deep boot-sucking mud - and we're supposed to get more rain this afternoon with temperatures falling into the 30sF, so I expect they'll be coming in again.
Drifter continues to calm down - he even ate some hay at breakfast time, and now tends to nicker rather than scream when he sees me or another horse. I was even able to open his stall door wide without him trying to charge out - we've been working on that and the giving-to-pressure and taking a step back work is making a difference with the stall behavior too. His eyes are showing less white and are softer as well. I think he's beginning to figure out that things aren't so bad around here.
I've been doing some blanket switching. Pie has almost outgrown his 75" rain sheet - he's filled out a bit - and Dawn's 72" rain sheet is old and not completely waterproof and is too small when she's at a normal weight - she's a bit underweight right now (we've got her on some Ultimate Finish to help with that until we're on grass). I was thinking that I needed to buy Dawn a new 75" rain sheet - but wait! - a better idea occurred to me this morning. I took Pie's 75" rain sheet and gave it to Dawn, and put Pie in a spare 78" that I had - I have several 78"s, some of which are in better shape than others (oddly enough Lily, Maisie and Noble were all 78"s) - Drifter's already wearing one of them. Problem solved, at least for now. I took Drifter's 81" winter blanket in to be cleaned and rewaterproofed - I can't imagine that it fits him as the 78" I've got him in now seems almost too big, but blanket sizing can be variable - his blanket is a Saxon, a brand I have no experience with although it seemed well-made. Problem solved for the moment - at least until I need to replace one or more of the 78" sheets.
Yesterday, I went to the tack store to buy Drifter a new halter and lead - it's forest green and chestnuts/sorrels look great in green - that way we'll be able to tell it apart from Pie's sky blue halter. I also bought a short crop to use when riding Pie in the arena when we need a secondary cue for forward - I got one with a nice big end so it will make a good pop when I hit my saddle or chaps with it. I also bought a 78" fleece cooler/blanket liner for Pie to wear as needed - this morning all my horses are out with fleeces under their rain sheets as it's very windy with dropping temperatures. Drifter's wearing Pie's old 78" cooler and Dawn is in a (somewhat too small) 72" fleece - I probably still need to get her a 75" fleece but didn't think of that yesterday - too many horses and sizes to keep track of, I guess.
It was weird to be at the tack store. I used to go there all the time when my daughters and I were showing - it was a very bad sign that the owner and all the people who worked there recognized me and knew my name. I rarely go there now and do most of my shopping on line - the store is really geared towards people who show seriously - lots of expensive brands that I don't buy and lots of equipment and gear I don't need, and they often don't have the brands I do want - for example, they've stopped carrying most Ariat boots and also the Weatherbeeta line of horse clothing - I don't understand why. But they do have nice halters and horse care products and a great selection of bits - I always browse even when I don't need one - I used to be a bit junky but now have all the bits I need and got rid of lots I'd never use again.
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And here's a photo of sweet Maisie (on the right) grazing with a friend down at Paradigm Farms in Tennessee (thanks, Melissa!) - the weather down there sure looks nicer than where we are.