I think I’m slowly starting to break out of the time warp that was the holidays.
It’s so easy to get stuck in a strange what-day-is-it mind frame when you have young children home from school. Add in a non-traditional work schedule with zero hired help, an extended period of below-freezing temperatures, getting sick a SECOND TIME (and finally giving in to a doctor visit), and you have the perfect recipe for a major holiday time warp! Yippee!
I thought about all my blogger friends and wondered about their lives and their ponies while I feverishly (no, literally I had a fever) mucked frozen horse poo. It’s the thought that counts, right? But making it to the computer to actually sit down and consistently read blogs just didn’t happen. Sorry, guys… Neither did writing posts for my blog! I did jot down a long list of potential posts that will hopefully happen in the future as I emerge from my time warp cocoon.
I know I really shouldn’t complain about the 4 degree temperatures, because much of the country has either had ridiculous amounts of snow or freezing weather, so you all completely understand the hardships of keeping horses healthy and happy Old Man Winter is decidedly cruel.
It has been awful.
I have been so worried about my outside horses drinking enough water, for one. Their tanks are just too far away from an electric source, so I’ve had to break ice multiple times a day. The horses inside the barns all have heated buckets, so monitoring their drinking has been very simple. We (me and my mommy) drain the hoses twice a day and thankfully have had no issues with our “frost-free hydrants” like we have had in the past. I only had to pour hot water on the north barn hydrant once. #WINNING. In the past, I’ve tried a few tricks for encouraging my outside horses to drink. This year was no different, and I stumbled across two great new tricks to add to my repertoire.So, I guess the weather hasn’t been completely pointless!
First off, I set a smallish bucket of HOT water next to my horses while they ate grain. They would eat their measly handfuls of grain and then slurp down the hot water immediately. I loved watching them drink when it was 9 degrees one morning by moonlight. It made my simple heart so happy.
The other trick was to sprinkle some Redmond salt over their grain. I ordered the salt in my Smartpaks a few months back and I have some left over for situations like this. I have to be careful not to put too much in their grain, because they won’t eat it, but just a sprinkle will encourage them to go drink from the water tank after I break the ice.
I know all the horses are tired of wearing blankets and starting to get super itchy, so here’s hoping the weather will warm up a little! How do you guys encourage your horses to drink when it’s cold? And did anyone else experience the holiday time warp?