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Blanketed Horses

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Blessed with excellent supporters to care for our horses while we are away, we arrived home yesterday afternoon to find everything perfectly in order at Wintervale. It was the first time we have seen the horses wearing blankets. That was accomplished by two people as the temperatures were about to drop to the depths.

When we showed up to feed them in the late afternoon, the straps on Mix’s blanket were dragging on the ground, but all the others were in good position on their backs with straps appropriately attached.

I calmly reached under Mix’s belly and pulled the two straps across to hook them up again and she didn’t even flinch.









It is a relief to find them coping so well with the extreme cold that gripped our region over the weekend.

After dinner, Delilah put herself to bed in her crate earlier than we would have dictated. I think she was worn out by all the adventures we enjoyed up north and the day of travel returning home.

Pequenita was very happy to have us around again, even though it appears she was receiving over double her usual ration of wet food servings from the stand-in caregiver who was feeding her while we were gone.

There is no denying that as much fun as it is to go away on adventures, it is always nice to return to the comforts and familiarity of home. Especially, when you find everything in perfect order upon settling back in.



Written by johnwhays

January 3, 2022 at 7:00 am

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  1. We need to find someone to look after the horses so we can both be gone at once. We can take the doggies to the kennel but not so with the horses.

    Jim Parker (@drjparker)

    January 6, 2022 at 4:36 pm

    • Are your temperatures moderate enough that you don’t need to put blankets on your horses? We had ours off for a few days and just tonight covered them up again due to wind chill warnings of -37°(F).
      We have been lucky to have a University Ag program nearby with lots of students studying animal care and vet tech curriculum. We have found multiple willing horse-sitters there over the years.
      Hope you come up with a solution as it is good to not be constrained to one of you always needing to be home.


      January 6, 2022 at 7:04 pm

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