Well the first news is quite sad. After only 6 months of fairly light use my first pitchfork has a fatal injury. He (yes all poo forks are male) was a Christmas gift from my best friend and a starting point for the bring ponies home project.
Secondly, we finally had a cold enough night to get an idea what the Smartpak bucket insulating cover can do. This was after putting fresh out of the tap barn water in it the night before, so not warm at all. Temperature was 20F in the barn when I took the picture. Side note – does anyone else have bedding that creates so much dust from their horse walking around? Ugh.
I think one of the bigger and somewhat unexpected differences in horses at home are the blanketing demands Stampede makes. I always knew him to run warm at the boarding barn and would dress him in less clothing than most despite his inability to grow a winter coat. At home though he started refusing to leave the barn because he was cold in similar clothing. So evidently my horse needs to be all bundled up now to survive the tundra.
I had never used a neck rug before but bought them for the boys in preparation for their first winter at home and I love them! Actually just ordered one for Maestro today.
In Maestro news, I finally gave in due to excessive neck sweat and gave him a very small clip job. My friend D assisted (fed treats, told me not to make crooked lines, etc) and let me borrow her awesome Andis clippers to complete my first body clip since I was senior in high school who body clipped Phoenix using a trusty pair of Wahl Stable Pros! Maestro came with the side note that he was afraid of clippers and hadn’t been clipped at all before. I had maybe done 4 sessions of desensitization with his head and neck culminating in a bridle path trim over a month ago but that’s about it. Despite some initial fear at the sound of the clippers the young man was great if a bit wiggly for his tiny little clip job. Tested out the extra ventilation last night and it seemed to work well!
Generally Maestro is a fairly mouth busy and food motivated guy. He loves to get things in his mouth – spray bottles, flowers from jumps, his blanket bag on the stall front, etc. I mistakenly thought if I put his stocking behind his halter it would be safe. Oops. So I get to the barn and all that remains is the little loop on his halter hook. I wonder a bit where the stocking is but it’s not on the ground in his stall so I figure well maybe someone threw it away. Nope.
I guess at least he entertains himself?
I hope everyone is having a good week and getting prepared for the holidays!