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!