Lots of ice out there.

Yes, it is beautiful, but it scares me witless.  The horses don’t tend to move around much either.

Last year Iacs pulled his shoulder slipping on the ice (we think) and was very debilitated for a while.  Taktur will do anything not to walk on ice.

Anywho, horses needed to be fed so Daisy, Flossie and I boldly went, armed with a knife, some haynets, a wheelbarrow and I cut into our first silage bale of the winter.  Two weeks early, but needs must.  There is little grass.

I said yesterday I would try to wait until January before they start the silage but I can’t just watch my horses standing around not eating.

We spread piles of silage on a dry part of the field.  There was enough plus leftovers for everyone.

Afterwards, I went out with my camera.

Albie and Newt were very happy to talk to me.

There may have been nose kisseys.

And why not.  My little Best Boys and I am secretly very happy they are home at Thordale for the winter.  I don’t think I am ready to let them go away with the others.

It is not the right time.  They need their Mum.

The others stood in the thin winter sunshine and enjoyed, for once, the complete lack of wind.

The lick bucket is a success.  Everyone has a shot at it.

I briefly looked at the ingredients:
Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Sodium, Vit A, Vid D3, Vit E, Cobalt, Iodine, Zinc, Manganese, Selenium, Copper, Biotin and a pile of trace elements in molasses!

Perfect for this type of equines.  Extremely good doers

Just when the day started beautifully, it clouded over and stuff fell out of the sky.

With this weather, it gets very dramatic and there is looming!

5 thoughts on “Icey

  1. Sam

    Here in New England we can handle snow – 3″, 6″ or even 12″ at a time. But ice?? NO.
    Glad some small people got Nosy Kisses – they looked like they needed them. And I agree, they need their Mum still.

  2. Peter

    I have walked on icy pavements in the past few days and I do not like it either!. Total sympathy for horses and ponies…..sheep even…….who do not like ice.

  3. diane in northern wis

    Oooh, I don’t like the look of that ice. Do be careful! And wow….those clouds are something scary. Hope the weather gets better where you are, very soon for you and all your precious animals. You certainly do take good care of them….always thinking ahead….and Daisy and Floss seem to know exactly what to do along with you. Thank God. Hope it warms up soon and the ice melts big time!!!

  4. Louise Stopford

    Gosh it’s cold enough here in Cheshire, but it looks absolutely bitter in your part of the world and that ice looks hazardous. Looks like we are in for a long, cold winter and you and your family will have your work cut out looking after all your critters. I would want to bring them all home and put them in warm stables with lots of food, rugs etc. I realise though you know exactly the needs for your horses and ponies and that with your knowledgeable care they will be fine and “weather” the winter well. I am too soft and want to wrap all my animals up and keep them warm and cosy. Saying that though, I don’t have to do anything for the cats, the three of them have found a radiator each and are not intending on moving for the day .. until tea time perhaps!!


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