Thursday, December 1, 2011

December brought snow

It's December 1st, and guess what?  It's snowing.

We have quite a snowstorm blowing in.  Considering that it has been in the 50s and 60s lately, and that I was riding in short sleeves yesterday, it's quite a shock that it's now in the 20s and snowing — and that it's supposed to get down to about 10 degrees tonight.

This meant that Rondo had his first experience with a blanket yesterday.  I was initially going to not blanket him and see how he did, but our first snowstorm and cold snap since I got him is so bad right off the bat that I don't feel I can leave him unblanketed for this.  Ten degrees after it's been snowing all day, and he's wet all the way through, is COLD.

So yesterday I tried on a blanket a fellow boarder was selling — brand new, since her horse only wore it once and apparently didn't like it.  (She has a crabby, persnickety mare who is more than a little spoiled.)  It's a gorgeous blanket, and although the length is a couple inches long on Rondo, he has plenty more growing to do and will no doubt grow into it.  Besides, since it's only a couple inches long, I suspect the next size down would have just barely fit, and the rule of thumb is always to go with the larger size when your horse is in between sizes.

Like with everything new, Rondo was anxious and fussy when I first introduced the blanket to him, but once it was on he was fine.  I tried it on him in the afternoon, and then walked him around in it a bit.  In the evening he once again fussed when I first started putting the blanket on, and I got it on by using the same trick: folding it (sort of) into thirds so that when I lay it across his back it's skinny, and then unfolding the front and back so that they cover him as they are supposed to.  I guess that's just how I'm going to have to approach him with the blanket for now, until he gets a little more used to it, because let me tell you — it's a much BIGGER discussion to have with a horse that is his size, than it is with a horse Panama's size.

Looking outside at this snow, I'm very glad both my horses will be warm and dry today!



At December 1, 2011 at 3:18 PM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

I don't envy you. The last time I tried to blanket a young, inexperienced horse I ended up with two broken fingers... but, of course, that was mostly my neighbor's fault. He had to slam a door behind her right when I was unfolding the blanket on her back.

At December 1, 2011 at 9:41 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Ha! "Her back" -- I'm guessing that was Gabbrielle?

Rondo actually didn't do too badly. Considering how frickin' big he is, he could have done a lot more to protest that blanket had he wanted to. He wove back and forth in the cross ties when I was trying to put it on his back, but I figured out that if I stayed put and didn't move out of his way, he actually wouldn't run me over. LOL

Even so, he is a BIG horse, and even weaving back and forth is a pain in the butt when you are trying to put a blanket on a horse's (very high) back. I will be glad when he submits to blanketing without fussing at all!


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