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    01-17-2014, 08:50 AM
Who cares that the temperatures are finally dropping below -10 at night?
We don't. I carry 20-40 l of warm water to them every morning and evening, when it runs low I bring more, but never fill it to the top, in case they don't drink it and it freezes over - as then I cannot add enough warm water to heat the whole tank up.
They have puffed their hair, standing outside, munching on hay, enjoyed some carrots... they don't move much either.. so I guess before snow comes they will actually pack on more weight, they don't move because the ground is hard and uneven.

Not even sure I want to go for a ride on sunday.. forest roads should be fine, apart from a little slippery, but not sure I wanna be out there in the cold.. and pressing his hair down with tack might not be the best idea if its told it will drop even to -18 over the weekend
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    01-17-2014, 09:01 AM
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Ground driving is a great something to do when it's too cold to ride. ;)
    01-17-2014, 05:19 PM
Originally Posted by Saranda    
Ground driving is a great something to do when it's too cold to ride. ;)
Teddy will get some soon, because our sled is almost finished, and when more snow hits the ground, I want to try it out (and refresh his memory).

Grand.. well, never did it with a halter, and once he hasn't worked for a while, I do not want to risk not being able to stop him - but don't really want to bridle them in this cold.. I just don't like the idea with the bit..
    01-18-2014, 12:46 AM
They are so used to their schedule, that they were slightly weirded out when I arrived with water around 6:30 am, started making noise to get the ice out, and then gave them hay... It is pure moonlight outside.. as the sun does not rise for another 2 hours...
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    01-19-2014, 01:06 PM
Today was around -14.4 when I went outside to feed at 9 am. Just woken up, I put the kettle on for my tea, and ran outside to feed the boys...
I could barely see, I guess my eyes were part swollen from still being in good sleep, the snow was bright and my vision started to blur a little... horrible morning experience... felt like my eyes are freezing over

They boys got their hay and I happily returned inside for breakfast.. later gave them more hay, fed the dogs, gave water to horses.. this night 2 cm of ice had frozen on top, had to break it out...

Then I got to work. As everything is frozen, and I can't even buy a bale of straw (all gone long before - spring need to order some bales for myself) so I climbed up on my old stable, we had some ancient hay there... dropped some down, carried it to the feeding place, to cover the hard grown with some thick layer of old hay. Also padded the "indoor" shelter too.. They immediately decided to eat that hay - it is about 10 years old, but has always been inside... no nutrition, but they get to grind their teeth...

After 12 called my friend and decided to be as crazy as we are, and take our horses out for a stroll.. I was mostly fine, just my toes froze off even though I had my city boots - with wool inside, and thermo socks, all the same, frozen toes.
By the time we got home I was all a bit frozen, wind came at some points and froze our faces, but I recovered quickly once inside. But the walk was a little too long... Teddy was very energetic though, he wanted to trot at points, be funny, he kept zigzagging on the road.. and stealing bits of old grass..

Near our friends home .. they fell. Our buddy horse slipped, dropped down, and got back up. He slid a little when trying to coordinate, but he held his dignity with pride. Our friend managed to drop her stirrups, put her arms forwards and not move to not disturb him (just as much as natural balance asks). They got up fine, but as her back has problems, she was a little sore afterwards... but they handled it pretty well... It's not that there is ice everywhere, its snow that cars have turned into ice..

After we were home I decided it's time to try to take some sun photos - always when I leave for work, the sun has not yet reached the pasture, or just not the horses..
So here comes the load

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"Grand Art design" - I guess you know who is the author? - he came over here to get us when we returned..
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Teddy's flanks are covered with few white hairs. Grand had some too..
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"I like big butts and I cannot lie.." So proud that he finally is getting a big bum :P
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Teddy has beautiful eyes, but I always forget to clean them before I take photos... well the photos are hard already, as he keeps moving his face out of focus
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    01-19-2014, 01:23 PM
I don't think I am sorry to double post anymore - ends up that I have plenty of things to add here, sometimes.. and as noone else posts

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Grand turns very red in the sun... but mainly at the light points.. though my brother told me he was not sure which horse I had taken to the forest.. that they look the same
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We laugh in the face of this cold....
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And finally it seems pictures of Grand dominate again :P
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    01-22-2014, 04:48 PM
Nothing at all happens... the temps fluctuate between -9 and -16 around 8 am in the morning..
I continue the same routine - hay, warm water, hay, buckets, hay, warm water..
Haynets should arrive next week... cannot wait to start using them and prolonging their hay.
I mean, they get it in rations atm, but I never have seen them shiver or tremble. They are completely fine. However, small hole haynets should keep them entertained for longer.. just need a few spots to set them up :)
Otherwise nothing at all... boredom hey?
I really want winter to be over, as in when it is colder than just a few degrees below zero, so that I can start working with Grand again, ride a bit more and so on. But before that I want a lot of snow and a few good horse pulled sled rides...
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    01-24-2014, 03:13 AM
The cold is creeping in.
Checked at 8 am it was -18 something...
My nose froze when I ran to throw some hay in the field...
Had my breakfast to warm up, and went to feed warm food to dogs, more hay to horses...
Bejesus it is cold.
Grand has the tendency to bite more now, I shove him away every time, but cannot work with that properly because he has no chance to run, he might break his legs if I make him meet jesus.
Today's plan is to study, study study and keep everyone warm, heat the house, bring hay to horses little and often, warm water, play with dogs when the day warms up a little and continue to study.
Brrr... I think I am getting old as I rememeber when I used to ride in -20 (bitless, but we rode in the snow)

Bought catnip drops to encourage my cats to tear up the playhouse not my chairs or sofa
- this is already later when I also tried to make Ms. Money interested in it.. but seems like only Frodo loves it..
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    01-24-2014, 05:04 PM
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Haha your cats are so cute!!
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    01-27-2014, 03:39 AM
Well, since the monsters got out of the pasture on saturday night, everything has been fine. They eat, respect the fence again, and everyone makes sure our gate is closed.
They now get a flat patch of land to stand and rest on, which they are very happy about.
This morning though I got annoyed.. they have broken the 3rd water basin.. which means I have none left to leave water for them. Which means I give them water in the morning from the bucket (only one still can hold water, as I think they cannot put their heads in the 10 l bucket, but we are going to have to try)
And then water them again in the evening. Have to try to get to the shop and get a few more things... like the water basin, another bucket..

Grand is cranky and Teddy is grumpy. Teddy keeps chasing Grand away from everything.. either its lack of work or they get cranky with the weather.

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