Needing a break from paperwork and organizing, I dressed warmly for the icy wind off the lake (though the thermometer read a respectable 27 degrees, it didn't feel that warm!) and headed to the barn to visit the boys. I am desperate to ride, but the footing is just not safe. So I suffer along as best I can, dreaming of the first long trotting ride of the year. In past years, that has usually happened at least once in February - not so this year!
Despite the still-wintry weather, the horses are definitely shedding their fuzzy coats. The trigger for shedding, and for growing their coat in the late summer, is the changing amount of daylight. I actually try not to groom them too much right now, since they still have plenty of cold weather to endure. But, sometimes, a girl's just gotta play with her ponies and spend some time making them beautiful. There's nothing like combing out manes and tails, and currying up a cloud of hair (make sure to stay upwind of the horse you're working on, though - helps keep your eyes, nose, and throat relatively horse-hair free), for mental therapy.
I didn't take any "before" pics, and other than Rhio's wind knots in his mane (now smoothed and braided), there really isn't a lot of visual change. But I had my hands on my ponies, drinking in their delicious aroma, and soothing my soul just a bit (it's a mite ragged on the edges with too little horse time in general.)
|The consequences of wearing anything polarfleece around shedding horses.|