The high today was10 degrees with a wind chill in the negatives. It's been snowing and blowing all day. Since it didn't appear to be letting up, I took the day off from work. We already have about ten inches of snow or more and when I heard that even the University was closing I decided it wasn't worth driving in to town just to turn around and come home again. Of course, it's so nasty out that I couldn't even stand to be outside more than a few minutes. Thankfully, my wood stove is working well so the house has been nice and warm! Here's what it looked like outside for most of the day.
Here's a close up of Scout napping
and Yalla! exploring, both photos taken from the comfort of my house.
In the afternoon, when my son let the dogs out for a quickie, he saw a coyote right up near our house. Sandy took off after it and Buddha quickly peed and came running back to me. I knew Sandy would be okay because she often runs after coyotes so I went outside and gave the horses some grain while I waited for her to come back. I'm sure they enjoyed their noontime treat and, with the cold weather, they needed the extra calories.
While I was out at the barn Sandy came running back to me and rolled around in the snow. She really loves snow. Although today, she had snow balls in her feet so we hurried inside. Once inside, I noticed some blood on her chin. I called my son and we rolled Sandy over and looked at her. We decided that she might have a small cut or maybe she caught the coyote?
We wiped it up and there was no more bleeding after that so who knows?
There is no place for the horses to escape the blowing snow so tonight I decided to blanket the girls. See all the snow in the stall?
The powdery snow brushed easily off of their backs and I threw blankets on both Nadia and Annie. Annie is very susceptible to the cold and I'll often find her shaking. She has a rather thin coat and in the middle of these cold spells I'll find that she's shedding long hairs. A lot of them! Why is that? I would think that horses would only shed when they're hot. None of the other horses are losing hair.
Tomorrow morning, I will bring out a nice warm mash for all the horses. Meanwhile, stay warm.
Is it nice in your snow storm, freezing your brain? - song: Sweet Thing (Reprise), artist: David Bowie, album: Diamond Dogs