January 14, 2017
Snow means ice around here and I definitely blanket up the ponies! We had single digits, which I don't mind too much but glad it doesn't happen very often in the south. Dani loved the snow and enjoyed rolling in it.
She also loved laughing at the funny human taking pictures all bundled up. Guess she didn't realize she was bundled up too!
Chance and Dani both had icicles under their jaws and in their manes. Dani for some reason gets balls of ice on the underside of her hooves so I have to use a ping hammer to free her, otherwise it's like she has high heels!
Chance did well with no snow ball feet but plenty of mane icicles.
Spencer my old little dog was content staying warm on the couch.
And for Armani it was the same. Us humans were fine too but I did have to drive a few days and let me just say that ice really sucks but my Fiat handled it all pretty well.
Now it's in the 60's and muddy....yipee!! At least we are getting moisture so we can finally do some seed spreading in the pastures.
January 06, 2017
Happy new year! It's been a busy year and I'm sure the next year will be too but we are better prepared and know what to expect...plus heavy equipment purchases this spring will assist greatly!
I write this as the freezing rain and sleet begin to pour outside with hope for snow to come later making my Sunday morning work commute potentially crazy as we won't have much melting until Monday. NC is not known for their winter weather preparedness but then again, they don't get much snow. I groomed my very muddy ponies and got them set to wear their blankets to protect them from the freezing rain.
I tend to be conservative with my blanketing now, unlike when I first got Dani. I think nature makes them well prepared for the weather and since they always have access to shelter they tend to take care of themselves. Generally if it's cold I'll tend to throw them a little more hay. If it's rainy but not too cold their coats have ways of shedding the moisture quite well.
Even snow is no biggie really but freezing rain, sleet and ice. I would rather keep them dry and warm when it's really icky like that. I also have to restrict them to the barn yard and shire since there is an area that is deeper mud and will freeze hard, I don't need a twisted ankle in a frozen hoof hole.
Staying warm and relaxing with the hubby and critters. Wish I could have the ponies on the sofa too!