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    Weather, Seasonal Stuff

    Enjoying 47F here at the moment. However it is raining, so not much going on outside. Horses are filthy again, "breaded in mud" as 2Dogs put it on another thread! What a great way to say filthy! Ha ha The horse with a rainsheet looks like a committee put him together, muddy head, neck, legs, with a gleaming body when he is undressed for the night in his stall. I got tails shortened just in time, all are clearing the sloppy mud as they ​​​​​ go thru the gates!

    Our blood is getting thicker too, 36F is not as cold this week as it was last week. Only needed a vest to do morning chores, instead of vest, coat and sweatshirt! The snow caught us by surprise and felt like much colder temps. Horses left big snowballs all over, solid and lumpy to trip over. Looked like we had giant eggs all over the paddocks! We are starting to get winter shoes with studs and rim pads on, 2 horses done. More scheduled this weekend. That will help prevent the snowballs. I was getting tired of chunking out the ice when bringing them in. Two hooves with ice, two without, makes horse very tentative walking. I use an ice hammer to chip out the ice, no hoof pick is up to the job. Just like old-timers did. Looks nasty to use with that sharp point, but it only takes a couple controlled strikes and hoof is clean. We are not driving in roofing nails!​​​​​​

    No horse driving or training at the moment. Sloppy ground, short day hours, filthy horses to clean before using. Got my saddle, western, back from cleaning and conditioning. Sure looks nice! Much softer, more flexible, the mare is going to like it when I can get some riding weather to use it. I do need to get back riding a lot more.

    Trying to clean house for our family gathering Saturday. DD will be gone on Turkey Day so we will get together earlier. Kind of messy with husband cleaning and conditioning reins on the floor. Should be done by tonight so I can mop.

    Got both dogs washed, both cats washed, and the cats are a bit disgruntled as they groom to get hair back in order. Cat washing happens frequently around here, you would think they would get more accepting! Clipping off claws first is VERY important, no grip should they try to escape! I did turn the furnace up to keep them warm while damp. Fixed the dog blanket velcro and sprayed waterproofing on, so blanket will stay put the newly shorn dog. The other dog has his winter coat coming in, Shelty mix so he is pretty weather and waterproof. He does not need a coat with 4" deep hair.

    Days are already dark early and evenings too. Funny with the warmer temps we are leaving the hose out, though blowing it clean with the air compressor after use. Hope that keeps working, so much easier than winding up hose and putting it away in the tack room every night. Getting a lot of use from my head lamp. Those LED lights are very bright. Kind of fun to scan the front area of the barn, see all the reflective tape on trailers, truck and farm equipment light up! I added some reflective tape to the rear and sides of Gator, because it was finally warm enough to stick. We use Gator to go across the road, out in those fields often. Traffic can get going fast on the road, Gator is built low, green blends in with roadsides, even wearing traffic vests. Funny how JD doesn't put any reflectors on them. Motor traffic is going to see us now!

    Birds are happy with the feeders full. Lots of visitors to keep "cat TV" entertaining for them. Dogs get to chase away squirrels, no stealing the sunflower seeds! And I finally got my flower bulbs planted! Dirt was cold but I was able to dig in and then get them covered. One more thing off the list. Darn things were sprouting even being left out in the cold shed. They will be pretty come spring.

    Life is kind of slow this time of year. Got my new Mischka Driving Horse calendars for next year. Two of our friends got their pictures in! He always makes everyone look terrific!!

    Only in Michigan... this crazy weather. Last week the snow up here in the pinky finger was so deep and heavy the schools had a snow day. Today we can see some grass (albeit dormant now), mud, and slop. I can't decide if I should put the muzzles back on the boys. It's too hard to eat the hay with them on but once they've finished the hay they are back into the grass.

    The snow has been sliding slowly off the arena roof in big thunking chunks for the last few days. Fun rides. At least the rain has finished that job for the time being. Usually the wind is strong enough to blow most of the snow off before it stays. Not this last one. Too calm & too wet. Ahhh, lake effect.

    November? March? The horses are confused, so am I.

    Thankfully got tails up in time too and trimmed manes today. Those Fjord manes are their own fashion statement when thick and just long enough to start flopping when wet. They are much more handsome tonight.

    Who knows what's next. Although I think the woolly bear caterpillars have spoken long and strong this year. Never seen so many, not even before the record snow a few years ago. We shall see. The fearless Fjords will handle it far better than I.

    I wish the Fjord calendars were still available. Used to give one to my DD every year. But alas, no more.

    Let's hope for a quiet, relaxing turkey day.


      Ugh, You guys aren’t helping. I have spent the last 11 years in Hawaii (minus a few horse free stints in South Korea). I don’t know how to winter anymore! Fortunately Texas shouldn’t be too bad.

      Those Fjord manes though. Spent a few years owning a fjord and I don’t think I will even go back to long manes again. Looking at getting a mini next, I’ll give the long bushy mane thing a try, but pretty sure within 30 days it will be roached and looking towards “fjording” it. They are just so easy to take care of.
      For the horse color genetics junky


        My version of winter fjording! One roached mane and clipped Fjord!

        I had real plans to NOT clip him until 3 days before I left for the ADS annual meeting... And then last Sunday I couldn't stand it another minute. I had the carriage out, had just finished swapping out the pneumatics for competition wheels and was ready to hitch Xan up for a fitness/hill work drive.

        I went into the track room to get the whip and came out with the clippers.

        After I was done clipping, I continued with the hitching and driving part of the day's plan. That was brave or stupid of me because he is a sensitive soul when out comes to certain things and the different sound of the hard wheels can be one of them. He gets over it quick enough but I wonder if freshly clipped pony plus the rattle (every f'in bump, God I miss pneumatics) might be too much! But he was very good, I think he's growing up!
        Your crazy is showing. You might want to tuck that back in.


          We Hoosiers are "enjoying" Psycho Fall/Winter too.
          Yesterday near 50, today lower 30s.
          Drizzly rain Tuesday, gray skies Weds/Thurs with a brisk wind. Today sun when I fed at 7, now clouds building...
          Who knows what will be next

          I am almost to the point of clipping feathers on everyone so they don't ball up with mud.
          Also hoping for a nice frost to solidify the mud horses have been rolling in.
          Yup, "breaded" describes it perfectly.

          I was able to get in one last drive with my Club on the 16th.
          Wussed out on hitching Bugs, but I got to ride in a farm wagon pulled by a team of Belgians, driven by 2 4H kids (taking turns) & got to chat with the very knowledgeable owner of the team.
          Fortune smiled & the day was sunny, little wind and warmish.
          2H driving out & back, then the usual amazing potluck lunch after & we will GTG next at the Club Christmas party.
          *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
          Steppin' Out 1988-2004
          Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
          Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015