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Muddy Coat

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We’ve had a wet couple of days lately, and it has severely limited my lofty plans to knock off a lot of projects over the weekend. It didn’t help that I spent over half a day getting my eye tended to. The lingering effects have also diminished my motivation to be productive.

I’ve enlisted Cyndie’s help to administer the antibiotic drops that have been prescribed, and every time she does, I receive a report that it is looking better. It helps, even though it doesn’t always feel better.

On Friday night, we worked to prepare the barn for the horses overnight, but since the onset of the rain was delayed, they showed no interest. Yesterday morning, the rain was falling steadily, and Cyndie found them waiting at the barn, desperate to be inside. She obliged them the chance to dry off and warm up.

A shivering horse is quite a sight and serves to motivate inspired action to remedy their discomfort, but it is tricky to safely navigate the process of gates and doors when they are so anxious to get in.

When Cyndie let them out yesterday afternoon, after brushing them out and drying them off, the two geldings immediately and simultaneously laid down and rolled in the wet lime screenings to become muddy wet again. Seems counter-intuitive to us, but they have their ways.

IMG_2813eCHHistorically, Hunter is the one who we find painted from head to hoof with mud. The others get dirty, but never with the thoroughness he demonstrates. The other day, Cyndie showed me a picture she took and my instantaneous thought was, “Hunter!”

However, the reason she captured the image was because of the surprise this time that it wasn’t Hunter. At a distance, she had thought the same thing as me, but turns out it was Dezirea with the lime screen coat.

Maybe she was trying to bolster her covering in attempt to hold just a little more warmth in a time of need.












Written by johnwhays

November 1, 2015 at 9:24 am

Posted in Chronicle

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  1. Do the horses grow a thicker, warmer coat over the winter?

    Ward Bell


    November 1, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    • Yes, they do, Ward. They can start to look a little scruffy, developing a bit of a beard even. The energy that was going to growth of their hooves gets redirected to hair growth, so we are able to schedule farrier visits at longer intervals during the late fall and winter.


      November 1, 2015 at 8:19 pm

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