Thursday, January 7, 2010

Baby it's cold outside!

Horse in a blanket

As I write this, it is about zero degrees outside, depending on what weather station you believe. This morning when my husband went to work, it was -12, and tonight it's supposed to get down to about -7. Hard to believe it was around 40 degrees just two days ago!

This storm has been more about the cold than the snow, although we did get a couple inches. I didn't get out to the barn yesterday, so although it was only 15 degrees today, I went and took off Panama's blanket and turned him out for a little bit.

Despite the cold, it was sunny and clear today, so when I arrived Panama was stubbornly sunbathing in his blanket. I put a hand underneath and found that he was warm, but not sweaty. I took off the blanket and turned him out in the arena, figuring he'd have some pent-up energy from spending yesterday's storm just standing around.

I was right! He quitely happily ran laps in the arena, tail curled over his back in the way that I love. He'd run and run and run, and then trot up to me and stand there with his neck over my shoulder, head high, blowing and snorting.

I let him run until he was just beginning to sweat, and then I took him indoors with the intention of walking him in the arena until he cooled down. Instead he balked at walking down the hall to the indoor, so by the time we worked through that, he was cool and dry again. I put the blanket back on him and put him away.

Tomorrow we have a lesson, so beforehand I will probably need to turn him out again — he was still pretty "up," even after today's run. He doesn't get much exercise, being corraled in the "old folks' home," as I like to call it, and it's especially bad when it snows — he doesn't like bad weather, so he tends to just stand around even more. It'll be good to ride tomorrow — I just hope he behaves himself, as we'll be riding indoors again!



At January 8, 2010 at 4:58 PM, Blogger Grey Horse Matters said...

They sure do get energized when it's cold out there. Wish I did! Have a great lesson.

At January 9, 2010 at 6:53 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

I know! It makes me want to go back inside and cuddle up with a blanket and a cat and a cup of tea! Thanks for stopping by!


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