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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
Thank you very much, everyone- for your kind comments and your advice. I'm sure Delriah appreciates it just as much as I do!
Wallaby- that is definitely a logical thought. She has a light winter blanket that we have always given her once it gets to about 45 degrees, but I'm sure that we could look into buying her a more heavy duty blanket if it would help her. She isn't fond of blanketing, but she seems to appreciate it once the wind starts picking up (Texas wind is really what kills us here, not the cold itself!). Her winter coat has always been very thick and hardy, but last year it didn't grow as thick as usual, so I'm expecting her to need a bit of extra help this year.
As for moving around, that's something I've been thinking about. Up until lately she's been ridden in our therapeudic riding lessons and on the trails at a walk and light jog, two or three times a week- so we never really had to worry about it. I'd really like to keep up her muscle tone (we joke that of all of our well bred quarter horses and TBs, she's still the best looking that we've got) as much as possible. I'm out at the barn four days a week, and can hand walk her for 20 minutes or so (more if I didn't soak her legs) around the arena, but I'm not sure about the other three days. I might be able to find someone else who can walk her. As I mentioned before, she is being ponied on the trails as of right now, but we won't be able to do that very much once it gets muddy and icy.
Laceyf53- thank you for all of the helpful ideas! I failed to mention in my original post that we are a non profit therapeudic riding facility, and so have extremely limited funds (especially with the economy lately, and hay prices) so some of those ideas may not be options for us, dispite how much we love our Delriah. However, I will absolutely look into them and discuss them with the veternarian.
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