How to survive the arctic tundra…

The Mid-Atlantic has turned into the arctic this past week and this coming week isn’t that much bettering (though it looks a little better even if next Friday/Saturday look pretty awful.

 

Needless to say, my focus has been keeping my ponies warm and surviving a trip to Connecticut that included a night without heat. On Tuesday before I left, I noticed Subi was having issues walking on the frozen ground and was sulking by his tree.my husband assured me that each morning he’s been at the round bale eating hay (my guys live out 24/7) so I tried not to worry and basically just dragged him forcefully from his tree to the paddock where we keep the round bale. Once there, he stuffed his face with hay. At dinner around 9pm, we moved him back to his tree and he happily inhaled a bucket of warm soaked alfalfa-timothy cubes, beet pulp, soaked sentinel senior, and omalene 200. We figured as usual, he’d walk back to the bale.

Freezing cold CT. Frozen lake anyone?

The next morning, he was still at his tree, upset and cold from having eaten no hay all night. In a panic, I found an old pair of Batts’s hoof boots and threw them on. While they weren’t the best fit, they fit and instantly I could see some relief in my old pony. He ate breakfast and a bucket of chopped hay and then I directed my husband to lead him into the paddock with a halter to the round bale. With each step, he grew more confident and sure footed and I breathed a sigh of relief and left the house only 15 minutes late to head to my mom’s to head to CT. For the next 2.5 days, after each meal, my husband led Subi back to the hay to ensure he ate properly. (To ensure Batty was drinking, he got extra water in his soup. Jiminy? He wanted to eat in the shed. No one catered to that request).

But I’m cute! Why doesn’t anyone love me?

Grumpy child. The Grumpy Chestnut. 

While I was away, I researched boots and chatted with my part time boss and friend. She has her senior in Easyboot Clouds. It was late by the time I got home Friday so on Saturday I measured him (there are things I trust my husband to do. This is NOT one of them), went back and forth on size, and finally placed an order through Amazon when I saw 1 day free prime shipping with Sunday delivery. Guaranteed 12/31 delivery.

So imagine my frustration when I get shipping notification for 1 of 2 boots. Yep. 1 boot shipped the other did not. New arrival date of Tuesday because this is so helpful. Meanwhile, the the right Cavallo is starting to rub Subi’s heal… but the Clouds fit so yay for that?

The Arctic tundra was also leaving my delicate flower cold as well despite 3 blankets (2 mediums and a sheet). Dover put their Northwinds on sale (@50% off) so we picked up a heavyweight detach-a-neck. Of course, while I wanted a detach-a-neck, I didn’t realize that’s what I bought and thought I just got the last 78″ heavyweight they had and the last medium neck cover. So now I have to go back and return the neck cover. But, he seems warm (FINALLY) with the heavy and a medium and a neck so that’s good.

 

The Arctic tundra was also leaving my delicate flower cold as well despite 3 blankets (2 mediums and a sheet). Dover put their Northwinds on sale (@50% off) so we picked up a heavyweight detach-a-neck. Of course, while I wanted a detach-a-neck, I didn’t realize that’s what I bought and thought I just got the last 78″ heavyweight they had and the last medium neck cover. So now I have to go back and return the neck cover. But, he seems warm (FINALLY) with the heavy and a medium and a neck so that’s good.

So happy and warm! Even though it was snowing… Evil snow. 

 

I braved the elements today to reblanket Batts and Jiminy. Batty was almost sweaty yesterday with his sheet and medium but with the 15 degree drop to our high he was shivering today so he’s got on 2 mediums as does Jiminy. Jiminy would prefer just to move inside the house though he’s making due with sharing the shed with Batts. Subi’s working on the round bale we stuck out this morning.

As for me, I still haven’t warmed up from late morning round bale/blanketing. And in 45 minutes, it’s time to go feed dinner.

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He just got so much older this year… Between not tolerating the ground, the cold, and his arthritis bothering him… 😦 But he seems so content here (his eyes in particular). And he’s crazy fat under his blanket. But still, I hate seeing him like this!

 

May the arctic move on… now! And Happy New Year!

5 thoughts on “How to survive the arctic tundra…

  1. Aw poor Subi, this hard frozen ground is definitely tough 😦 a barn mate chose this time to pull her horses shoes for the season and all I can think is… Why on earth would you do that when the ground suddenly got so hard?!??? Hopefully the other cloud boot comes in soon and fits him perfectly! And hopefully this weather doesn’t last forever… We were so spoiled last year 😦

    • I didn’t realize how nice last year was! We only had a day or 2 like this and never this cold! I just don’t want to go back to shoes with Subi as then he needs snow pads which I don’t do and I can’t do my hay nets… plus it took so long to get his feet so good (they really are amazing TB feet). I think it’s hard ground combined with arthritis. Hopefully the clouds do the trick. If I ever get boot 2! But yeah, I understand pulling shoes in the winter, but not right now! When there is mud or snow not 6*F temps!

  2. this cold SUCKS SO MUCH. and yes Emma, my barnmates all pulled their shoes last few weeks it irritates me to no end. All their horses are footsore. REMUS is the only one not because well DUH he still has his shoes on (THO SNOWPADS are going on next week too DAMN THE EXPENSE). I just get irritated when people try to save money like that.

    NOT a rant at you Sarah 🙂 I know your guys are barefoot and are always that so that is fine! Poor Subi did the other hoof boot come today?? UGH. And Remus is wearing his two blankets too. And loving it. I went out to see him the other day and he was hiding in the shed.

    I hope it breaks a bit for us soon. I can deal with 30’s now (WHO KNEW I used to think that was cold, no longer LOL)
    And I would have Jiminy indoors by the fire with me 🙂 HA!

    Happy New year!!

    • Honestly, mid 20s now feel warm! What’s wrong with us?!

      I know you’re not talking to me re: shoes. My guys have been barefoot long enough (7! years for Subi and Batty now!) and while at time I’ve though about going back t o shoes for Batts when he was having hoof issues, chats with my farrier turned kept him barefoot. And he is NOT a barefoot advocate. We mostly pulled Subi and Hayley initially because there was snow and they were miserable and we didn’t want to go the pad route (especially with Hayley’s issues). I planned to put shoes back on Subi that spring and instead he was 100% sound so we never looked back. But, when we pulled, the ground wasn’t hard and they were both comfortable. And snow was forecasted.

      Subi’s other cloud is OUT FOR DELIVERY! He’s loving his first one now that I decided he can wear it. And he loves his new blanket. I also ordered him a liner so I can wash is Rambo as it doesn’t fit well under. Spoiled!

      Jiminy can come hang out in your living room if you want. He’s very clean (minus when wearing Batt-slop) and looks cute in either his blueberry blankets or his tiny amigo (it’s pony sized, but it seems to fit in a 45″).

      We just need to get through Saturday. Friday and Saturday are going to suck!

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