I went to check on Dani since it's been pretty cold lately, I've been sick too; nothing major just a head cold but it is still enough to make me want to just stay in bed. She had a cute dusting of snow on her and was munching happily on hay even though she had snowballs on her feet. They don't bother her on the uneven ground so much.
One of these days I’ll take my real camera to the barn instead of trying to get images from my iphone. When it’s cold my hand freezes while taking the shots since the touch screen needs bare fingers. Forgive me these images are really blurry because I was trying to quickly take the pictures and Dani kept moving and trying to nibble on the phone. Oh well it gives you the gist of how chilly it was. Even with the indoor arena it was too cold to do any work with Dani, my gloved hands and socked feet were frozen, my face was stiff from the cold. I just brought her in to get her feet free from snowballs. I used a hair dryer to try and melt the remnants of ice from her hooves but as soon as I removed the dryer to grab my stiff brush the melted ice refroze almost instantly. Uge. Well at least her hooves were even instead of dome shaped below. My farrier said that on these cold cold days the WD-40 won't work 100%. I wonder if a pad like these would work better than the hairdryer though….but, do I have to extra cash to buy one and try it out? No…but one can ponder.
Aside from the snowballs my visit to Dani was typical, pony lips on the phone and little ears following my movements around her taking pictures. She was sharing a hay pile with Rock, the cutest little appaloosa I’ve ever seen. I’ll have to do a post about him since he’s got a lot of personality!
Last week I received a replacement butt strap from Rambo Blankets, it was green and not bungee. I placed it on her blanket, it worked just fine and I was happy to see that this one had metal clips to it, nice and sturdy. Steve and I discovered this weekend that Dani’s butt strap was missing again though. It had to have been taken off since I think the clips would still be attached even if it had been ripped off. So I placed a “lost butt strap” note on the board in the stable. We’ll see if anything comes of it. I don’t want to have to keep getting butt straps. This one was free but replacement ones are $10 and if she keeps losing them that could add up!