April 06, 2013
F- Freezing and Fetlocks
We've received most of our wintry weather in February and March, that seems to be how it goes for Colorado. Freezing weather can bring a decent amount of snow in the winter but this year and years past we've not had the amount of snow we usually get. We are in a MAJOR drought and it's scary as we get into "fire" season again.
Horses certainly seem to enjoy the cooler weather; a lot more than their human friends. I know that during the freezing days I would come home from the barn and be cold to the core. I whipped out the electric heating blanket many times!!!
One thing I've noticed with Dani more than other horses I've ridden is that as the winter approached she got more fur on her fetlocks. Not sure if most horses get as much as she does or if it's mainly because I have not trimmed them, I've just let them be. I probably will trim them once it's a little bit more consistent in the warm weather department. You can compare the video of her in the snowy weather to this picture above when I first brought her home. She definitely has more fuzz or feathers now. Is it really called feathers if it's not full like a Clydesdale or Friesians feathered fetlocks??? Hmm. I'm glad for now that the freezing temperatures are mostly behind us for a while. Dani won't have to contend with frozen snowballs on her hooves for a few months!
Anyways, I'll have a post soon about trimming her fetlocks. I want to keep a good amount of hair on there for protection but trim it up a bit to keep it neat and tidy. Same with hairs under her chin and jaw that often get caught in the nose band of the bridle. I'm still going back and forth about whether I want to do a very small bridle path or not.....
Anyways, there's my post for letter F!!