Awww. You miss your time with your babies! This sounds somewhat normal to me, ESPECIALLY if you use time with your horses as your major form of entertainment or stress relief! You ARE kind of going through withdrawals! :0(
Is there any way you can bundle up, go out to the barn and spend a few hours a day just grooming them really well, and talking to them...maybe carefully babyoiling their tails and picking them out really nicely and then braiding them up and bagging them, so they'll start nice and soft and pretty, and then repeating every few days or so?
I bet they are missing you, too, and though you can't ride or do ground work, you can at least connect with them in a way?
When I worked for a big Arabian breeding/sale/& show barn in my late teens as an apprentice trainer, I had to remove the previous day's vet wrap, carefully pick out any tangles as I un-braided the tail, and then very carefully brush the tail, with light baby oil to prevent breakage, re-braid (loosely of course) the tail and vet-wrap the whole tail loosely this was before the popularity of tail bags, apparently, as I had never SEEN ONE until recently when I got back to horses!
I had to do this every other day to a total of twenty show horses...this meant I'd do the first ten on day one, ten on day two, then repeat the first ten on day three and on from there (the tails reached way past the ground and were a big part of the horses worth)...this was a Fortune 500 company, and some of their sale horses were literally in the upper six-figures.
These animals were better groomed than I was! In the summer we kept them up in the cooler mountains of AZ at a place called "The Hat Ranch", & myself, one other apprentice trainer, and our supervising trainer were there for three months with twenty horses, and our only job was to take AMAZING CARE of their needs- picking stalls twice a day, lunging for muscle maintainence, and riding some of the more agreeable horses (most all were stallions, though they were well trained, they were still stallions)...
Your post just got me to thinking about the things we did with those horses 12h/day, 6 days per week, for the whole summer. The tail thing was always tremendously burdensome and somewhat scary to me as a17 year old responsible for the care of these $500,000+ horses...all I'd think about was "don't braid or wrap TOO TIGHT!!!" & I'd have these vivid dreams of tails becoming gangrenous due to poor wrapping!
Long story, I'm sorry, but hey, hopefully it will give you an idea of something you can do with your babies over the cold winter months (& you don't even have to unblanket then while you do so! :0)
Anywho, I hope this helped a bit, sorry I rambled, but again, maybe you'll have a new idea of a way to meet your "horse fix" until it warns up a bit?? Best to you!! B2H :0)
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