Rugs and Weather

It is truly vile out there.  So cold, wet and windy.

We are all hating it.

Efstur’s second new rug has arrived this afternoon so we will be trying it on him tomorrow. I went up a size when I ordered it but it is a different make so it could be anyone’s guess whether it fits or not.  The science of horse rug measuring remains a mystery to me. I think it is more chaos theory really than actual mathematically acknowledged measurements.

We are trying to keep our heads above water and everyone is on two meals a day of silage apart. I did not see any shivering and the horses and ponies are clever at finding the best place for shelter.

The hens are laying, though, so they must know something I don’t.  I had to use my hat to collect today’s eggs.  Don’t worry, I didn’t let them lay in it, though it does look like a good nest.

4 thoughts on “Rugs and Weather

  1. Judith Garbutt

    We’ve had a few quite pleasant days so hopefully the good weather will filter up to you soon (rather than the bad weather heading down south!). I do sympathise – it makes everything such hard work when you’re battling against wind and rain and plodging through mud. It’s exhausting. Fingers crossed for a change in the weather for you.

  2. Sam

    Still very chilly here in New England. Almost like Spring went south and won’t come up to see us.
    You’d think horse rugs would have a few standard measurements! The Costume Designer in me is baffled by this.

  3. Margaret Robinson

    No different in this country. There are few rugs/blankets made (unless you’ve the $$$$ to have a custom one) that actually fit perfectly. Some manufacturers do a better job at it and I tend to stick with them over the years – we seem to need a new one, of different weight every year. The heavier weight ones I only need on Smokey Robinson maybe once a year and they last virtually forever if SR is careful; however, the lighter weight ones he goes through every year. I honestly don’t know (though have suspicions) what he does to them, but they get ripped (and fixed, then ripped again), and just plain wear out after every winter and we don’t even have winter’s like you do.

    I think you may have “designed” a new type of nest for the hens. It’s not only functional, but very pleasing to the eye – as though hens would care.

  4. Terri

    Loved your comments about “the science of horse rug measuring”! How could it be so difficult? perhaps it’s like getting a dress (in different sizes) to fit 10 different women (from “stick thin” to “broad-in-the beam”) — fits here but not there, too tight, too baggy, too short, too long, rides up, etc. But the egg nest is brilliant!


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