Last Thursday and Friday were warm days with highs close to 70F. Thursday night didn't get overly cold -- the low was around 48F. So, Friday night when Winston said "No ma'am; no blanket for me" I said, "Fine" and put the blanket away. He's clipped so I knew he'd get a bit cold but I also figured he wasn't going to be unbearably uncomfortable with temps in the mid 40s.
Friday morning when I checked the temperature on my way to the barn, it said 39F.
Winston was racing around the pasture like a madman. True confessions: I laughed. Poor cold baby. I did feel kinda bad but mostly I thought "See? You did need a blanket."
Last night when I went out to the pasture with his blanket, he stuck his head right on through. Good thing, there is a storm coming in and the forecast says we will get more snow.
It did get quite cold last night - below freezing - but Winston was nice and warm. The roof of the house (which is black) was covered in frost.
Later this morning, I went on a ride around the ranch with one of my neighbors. She has a very calm bombproof horse so he was great for Winston's first venture out and about. When Brett and I took the horses out a few weeks ago, we made a beeline for the trail so his bridle trail experience was limited. Today, he spent 40 minutes wandering up and down the roads with horses racing in their pastures, cars passing us, and dogs barking behind fences. He was amped at first but settled and I was able to keep him on a long rein the whole time. When we got back, he didn't want to come in the gate -- he wanted to keep going. And my horse who was losing interest in working? He was happy to see me, happy to leave the pasture, happy to be tacked up and happy to be out in the big world. Yes!
|Happy to see me.|
|"My name's Winston and I can do anything!"|