Sunday, January 16, 2011

Weather or Not

It started off as rain last week and turned to this. I had blanketed the horses the night before, which means they were wet to some degree under there. I really hate doing that. In a case of non-fortuitous timing, we realized they had finished their round bale on a Sunday. Not only did we not have time the following week to get another one, but it was too wet to move one onto the property.

Meanwhile, the temperature dropped as low as 18°F. It was gray, cold, and for once, the snow stuck around for awhile. Mr. Fry bought 4 square bales at a time and we started pumping extra groceries into everyone to help them stay warm. Poco was fine, but Jaz and Baby D were cold.

Here we are in the shed, out of the wind. You can see how wet he is. The Cafeteria Lady could not feel her fingers and toes. This is Texas, and so rare is the need, I just don't have clothing for temps like this. Heather has blankets in every possible size, and lent Daltrey this one. I already need to trade it out for a bigger one. Although adjustable, this is about the biggest it will go. It's a little short on the caboose.

A tiny brag on my boy: It took all of about 2 minutes to convince him the blanket wouldn't eat him. I didn't even have a lead rope on him.

Farrier day was the day prior to the snow storm — perfect cast.

Finally, we have more seasonal temps between the 30s-low 50s. Time for a new round bale and time to take blankets off. Jaz has a few spots of rain rot, which comes as no shock. The hard, frozen ground has given way to mud.

Blue sky — how novel.

The Boyz enjoyed a few hours of sunshine with their heads buried in the round bale. Nonetheless, they didn't lolligag when they heard the lid to the feed locker. Imagine their disappointment that we're back to normal portions of feed.

The nice weather didn't last. It's gray, foggy, and damp, with brief periods of rain so light, it's more like heavy mist. Temps are in the low 40s; no need to blanket. I will be enjoying the day inside with Mr. Fry until it's time once again to don my other persona:

 What's it like in your part of the world?


Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Poor Baby D. He looked so pitiful and small in the shelter all wet and cold. Then out by the hay bale, he was transformed back again to a handsome, cute, and big baby. :)

Weather here today and all this week is in the 50's and lower 60's! Sunny and dry. Yay!

Cafeteria! You crack me up. She looks sort of like Nurse Ratchet. Maybe she moonlights?


AareneX said...

Baby D's caboose makes me laugh!

Rain here this week, hooray! We're squelching around the Swamp with temps in the 40's. The rivers are at Stage 2, but not getting any higher--so life is good.

Jeni said...

It's COLD !! 20's. Our snow is gone as Friday was 40 and sunshine. Supposed to start raining with possible freezing rain.

I keep reminding myself that we are on the downside of winter and spring is coming.

Baby D does look all pathetic wet and cold. I'm sure you're going to go through quiet a few blanket "sizes" before he's done growing! Rosie is in a 84 but I noticed the circingle straps are a tad short.

Leah Fry said...

I have no intention of buying one until he's not growing so fast. With more than 30 heads in all sizes, Heather's got plenty. Right now, he can't wear one for more than a few weeks — that's how fast he's growing. Because he's a Stonewall, at 10 months old, he's already bigger than most yearlings.

Crystal said...

awww Baby D looked so cold and wet. Glad thats over with.
We are pretty cold here, but luckily everyone is fuzzy so no blankets except for the one who spent a week in a heated barn.

cdncowgirl said...

I'm trying not to complain too much about the cold but its pretty darn ridiculous lately. Wish this cold snap would end! Its been in the -20s with windchills making it anywhere from -25 to -34 (that's all Celsius of course)

Poco looks SO handsome in that last pic of the herd coming in for feed :D

BrownEyed Cowgirl said...

We are back to moderate temps. The snow is melting, but far too slowly in my book. If we could just get a couple of 45-50 degree days like they have had over on the other side of the state I'd be a happy camper.

I was pleasantly surprised when I had to blanket Beretta as well. I thought that might be a bit of a rodeo. She has a sweet disposition, but lordy does that flighty 'run' blood show up in her at times. She walked a few circles around me, but handled it a lot better than I thought she would.

Baby D is looking fantastic.

Rising Rainbow said...

I agree with Lisa, he did look small and pitiful in the shelter. Glad he's out and drier from the sounds of things.

Here it has been raining and more rain so much rain in fact we have flooding again. My horses haven't been out in forever, it seems but they are being good about it. As long as it's raining they know they're inside because it gets too slick here for them to be safe fooling around and we all know they fool around when they get out. LOL

C-ingspots said...

Dang girl...sounds like Oregon!! Glad to see you and your horses managed to stay somewhat warm. I didn't know you had gotten a new horse - how exciting!! I'll have to catch back up and read his story. Sooo happy for you!!! I'm hoping your weather normalizes soon...we actually have sunshine and blue skies today - who woulda thunk it? I had to dig out my sunglasses LOL - I feel like a mole!!

Dreaming said...

We have some snow on the ground, but it is sunny and above freezing...for the next two days. Then we're supposed to get some snow and I guess there is a possibility of a LOT of snow. Actually, I'm ready for a 'big one'. We need the moisture....even though it rained here yesterday - unusual for us!
Cold horses, rain, yuck! Sad faces all around!

Unknown said...

Like your blankets! They look so well cared for and clean compared to mine!

Leah Fry said...

Thank goodness for laundromats with designated "Horse Blankets" washers.

morningbrayfarm said...

Hope you and the boys are staying warm and dry now.

I just hate it when our boys get wet when it's cold... they always look so miserable. Thankfully we're all getting better at preventing it and handling it. :)

aurora said...

Didn't expect to see snow in your photos, you either huh? Temp's in Antarctica, 'er I mean Wisconsin right now are downright frigid!! We are in a cold front, which can back right out of here anytime!!

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