California cold is still cold.
Can I have a carrot?
It is my least favorite season of the year. Winter! I was not built for cold. Anything below 70 is cold to me. Born and raised in Southern California until I moved to Northern California in my early 20's. It's colder up here than where I grew up. While I enjoy rain, I really don't care for the mess it makes at the barn. We have pretty good drainage there, but still there's mud and muck. I know we need the rain and snow, but I'm ready for summer.
Winter also brings more sick days. My Daughter brings them home from school and shares them with us, and we go back and forth and back and forth. This year seems to be worse than previous years.
The one good thing in my world about winter is this: Frost kills the flies! No more of those little jerks buzzing my face or my horses.
Opal is coming right along nicely. Content to be turned out to kick up her heels when I'm too run down to do anything else. We did have a first this week. Happened twice actually. Opal isn't a big talker. I've only heard her whinny a few times away from home. She greets me at the gate of her pasture with nudges and loves waiting to get out and play. This week she called out for me when I walked through the gate! Twice!!! I spent a lot of time grooming her this week, keeping the knots out of her long mane. She still loves kids and lets my daughter love on her all the time. She's super fluffy and has stopped growing for now, and is beginning to bulk up again. Time to get back in the tack!
Her hoof is nearly healed! There's only about 1/8 of an inch left to get trimmed off next month. Ehawee's feet grow so slow and keep up well that she gets a trim every 4 months versus every 2 months like most horses. The farrier cleared her to lounge more days a week and for longer periods. 11 months of being off has it's side effects. She's lost a lot of muscle tone and being in a pasture with other mares, she has also lost some weight. There is more than enough food going into the pasture, she's just a slower eater.
We had a few nights where we were in the 20's over night. I know that's not as cold as some area's get in the winter, but Ehawee was put into a paddock for a month or two. Several reasons went into this. One reason was in a paddock I could give her alfalfa (our pasture is on grass only at the moment) and rice bran would get fed to her daily to help add weight. Second reason is she could eat at her pace and eat all her food. Third reason was I needed to blanket her. I normally only blanket my mustang mares if its going to be near freezing and wet, but Ehawee needed help. She has a good coat, but since losing some muscle tone and weight, she didn't have the extra bulk to to burn calories to keep her warm. After nearly 2 weeks in there, I'm noticing substantial difference in her. She's putting weight on nicely.