This winter weather has now set in with the forecasters telling us that it is set to continue. Ice covers everthing across the country. Britain is not geared up for Arctic weather and that is what we have got. Travel is restricted - the everyday way of life has been put on hold. Soon one can expect shortages in the shops. Schools are closed; roads are empty. Commercial life is grinding to a halt. Indeed it did not really restart after Christmas.
DiDi has been confined to barracks for a week almost. She is warm under her two blankets but ice forms in her hooves even though she is kept on wood pellets which decompose into wood powder. Air temperatures range between minus 2degC to minus 9 degC. Her stable is not heated in any way although at least she is sheltered from the wind and the snow. She has adequate hay, I have got some extra food in just in case.
Being locked up for 24 hours a day is not good for her mind
Even though the stable if 13ft square. The risk of her slipping on the ice which lies just below the thin covering of snow is significant and I don't want her to pull a ligament. And if I were to put her out in the training paddock, there is nothing for her to eat, which is what usually she goes out into a field to do.
I could give her some hay - but she has that in her stable.
As for rugs, well over the last couple of days I have wondered whether I should fit a third layer - but each time I have put my hand under her coat she is warm. Some horse have head pieces which provide cover for the ears - I have not bought her one of those - yet.
The last time we had a winter like this was back in 1963 when lifestyles were very different from what they are now. HM Government still barks out the message that "Global Warming is on its way" - but some folks might say "Please hurry it up"