Thursday, January 20, 2011

Winter Doldrums

Not Much To Do

I'm still not 100% recovered from my respiratory thing, so I am lacking a bit of energy. However, I think winter is sapping my ambition even more than that. I am just not accomplishing anything worthwhile.

I feel sorry for the Boys too. There's not much entertainment out there in the snow.  However, Chance and Tucker did find some mud to roll in somewhere. I have a feeling it might have been out in the pasture since I saw no sign of bare earth in the paddocks or arena.  The other clue was an oak leaf in Chance's mane.  I think there's an oak on the northwest edge of the pasture.  I didn't go out to look as I only had my muck shoes on instead of my boots.  The snow between paddocks and pasture is still several inches deep and it looks to have melted down underneath, making it snow soup.

My driveway is now dry and clear wherever I plowed, which means it's just about time for the next round of snow--predicted tonight into tomorrow.  Every time I start to see bare ground the weather takes a snow turn and covers it back over.

I didn't bother trying to brush the muddy boys as the coating was still wet.  All I'd be doing is kind of smearing the dirt around on them.  I must admit, though, that Toby's and Chance's white socks are still sparkling.  That is one thing the snow does nicely.  But you have to keep an eye out for scratches, particularly on white legs.  The constant wet can cause a problem.  I never had a problem with any of my dark legged horses, but I need to make a note to check everyone's legs tonight when I go out for late feed.

If the Boys are not snow covered at that point, I may be able to give the muddy ones a quick brush then.

Once again, it all depends on the weather.

Winter at Follywoods continues to confound.


  1. yes monfy's white foot is a concern for me on the mud fever front!

  2. Anonymous5:05 PM

    Winter here too - we're heading for -25F wind chills tonight. No scratches yet on Pie's white foot, but I'm keeping an eye out as he's had that before. Dawn and (Drifter who I hope will be coming) have no white on their legs - yeah for that (and I'm the one who used to love a horse with flashy white!).

  3. I think we've all got the winter blues, I can hardly wait for more snow tonight and tomorrow.Ugh!

    I'm sure the roll in the mud felt good, but I hate cleaning that gunk off a hairy coat. A lot of our horses have had white feet and scratches at one time or another. I'm always on the lookout for the start of it so it can be taken care of before it gets bad. We've found one the things that works the best is Animalintex. Use it once or twice and the scratches are gone. Actually, in my book it's a miracle cure for almost any kind of wound.