The wind is back with sporadic rain or hail. This morning, it was white outside with joined-up hail but it had melted by the time we went over to Leradale to feed the ponies.
I think we are all rather fed up with winter now and I am sorry if I sound like a perpetual whining weather forecast but this weather is very eroding and makes hard work of everything.
Every day, the little ones come up for their daily carrot and hug and I just have to keep telling myself that they are doing very well.
There field is enormous with plenty of rough grazing around. I also tell myself that they are native Shetland ponies who are perfectly capable of finding it as well as doing very well on it.
The Shetland ponies here are fat with room to lose more weight – all of them – so to feed them hard feed like we do their Icelandic neighbours (mares and foals) would be a mistake, leading to health problems, so not a good idea.
I just have to keep telling myself this over and over again and I am finding it very difficult this time of year. I always do.