Friday, November 20, 2009
Advice for a cold horse?
I am not sure I'm posting correctly --it's been a LONG time since I last posted.
(Dolly is 100% Curly; Diamond is 1/2 Curly, 1/4 Quarter Horse, 1/4 Thoroughbred)
But I am very concerned about my newest girl, Diamond (I haven't posted on here about her, but I have posted on my personal blog which is located to the right of this page, I think). We got her this fall. Anyway, it's her coat and the temperature outside that is my concern. She doesn't seem to have a thick enough winter coat, and has no layer of fat. In fact, I think she is growing taller as I type this.
I can't seem to keep her warm enough. It has been somewhere around 0 degrees F for days now. My curly you might all be familiar with, Dolly, has shivered a little bit but is overall doing very well. Dolly is getting free-choice hay, vitamins, mineral salt block, and seriously about a teaspoon of dry cob, a teaspoon of alfalfa pellets, and a small handful of beet pulp, just so she doesn't feel left out *cough*. Dolly seems to have finished growing taller and is now growing, um, outward (she's a little overweight).
Diamond, however, appears to be in the middle of a HUGE growth spurt. She's eating free-choice hay, vitamins, mineral salt block, a handful of beet pulp, 2 cups of dry cob and 2 cups of alfalfa pellets each day.
They have access to shelters but are not locked in stalls at night because I only have one water tank heater. They always have access to warmed water out of a giant trough.
Diamond gets SO cold, though. She shivers ALL over. So I have been keeping her blanketed. It helps a lot but not enough - she still shivers a little bit. Also, she has dandruff like crazy beneath the blanket.
How do you guys get your growing Curly mixes through cold temperatures? I wonder if I need to board her at a heated barn this winter, but I don't exactly have the money for that! (Plus then Dolly would be very lonely again.)
Oh yeah!! And to make sure this post is sort of relevant -- note that in the 3rd pic, Diamond is connected to Dolly's saddle (sort of). I am trying to teach Diamond/Dolly how to pony. :) Dolly is GREAT at it -- Diamond has run smack into her butt and Dolly didn't care at all. I'm really surprised at how well Dolly is doing. Diamond still needs to learn a lot (about everything :) ), but so far it has been a lot of fun.
Posted by Amber at 11:20 PM
- ► 2015 (83)
- ► 2013 (442)
- ► 2011 (1008)
- ► 2010 (477)
- Blossom - A partner for life
- The Right Equipment
- The Ol' Switcheroo
- An autumn trail ride with Chester
- OYY HummingBird and first time under saddle
- Ground Work and Ring work
- Woman's Best Friend...
- New Territory Explored
- Riding Curlies with my son, Andrew
- Less is More with a Hackamore
- Horse Shadows
- My favorite things..riding and showing off Curly h...
- Our new little Queen of the Hill
- As I have mentioned before, we are not so fortuna...
- Sunday Again - Yay!
- Advice for a cold horse?
- Young Boys Learning
- Learning to gracefully, ground mount :)
- Shoulders Out, Shoulders In and Side passes
- Sharing Lunch with My Boy
- Double mom and daughter
- A Beautiful morning with Blossom
- A Real Change
- A Small Window of Time
- Brigi and I have been on many adventures lately....
- Sunny Monday
- A real ranching day at Golden Curls Ranch
- It's all in the family
- Out Jumping Trees
- Chester and Angie take a different kind of walk
- New Driving Prospect
- Silly, Spunky, Spirited Curlies of the Day!! :-)
- Kids leave the nest and Moms go back to work
- Lakota like Horse Trailering 101
- Sunday Ride
- A Potentially Great Ride Interrupted
- *Buck at Tippecanoe State Park
- My Dear Meets Deer
- Sage's riding lesson (and a trail ride)
- My big farm rule is : When you go out your doo...
- Weaning Foal Fun
- WooHoo...back at it!
- More lessons cancelled and more driving
- Close to Home
- Early Morning Snow Ride
- Good teachers
- Driving Miss Nimue
- Summer Time Highlight
- Trail Riding at Golden Curls Ranch
- Camping with Pyewacket
- A Pony of many names and talents :)
- Lateral Flexing and barrel racing in Texas
- Our Summer riding camps.
- Scenic Vistas
- A nice warm fall day.
- Lesson Time
- wow usually I'm the one wishing I could be riding ...
- Gone but not forgotten!
- ....I saw the fear in her beautiful, brown eyes.
- Fresh Trail !
- Nap Time
- Flashback to Acadia
- Video - Nevada's Blossom
- Ghouls, Saints and changing clocks
- Lakota to Lydiker...
- Nevada's Blossom
- ▼ November (68)