|Monday night into Tuesday: 40 degree drop.|
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I highlighted in red the thing that everyone is talking about in this area.
I went home worried last night because Lily had only pooped once the entire time I'd been with her: while running around in the snow-covered arena when I first pulled her from the field. This was very unusual for her, but she had gut sounds and was not dehydrated when I turned her out: her gums were moist, her skin snapped right back when pinched gently, and she urinated the minute she was back out in the field. I woke up several times during the night to check my phone, paranoid about a phone call from the barn. No phone calls. Yay! Regardless, I decided to give her beet pulp soaked with extra water BEFORE our ride as well as afterwards.
She slurped up the beet pulp while grooming her and tacking up, and pooped on the cross ties before we headed out. She went again several times throughout the ride. I think we'll be repeating the pre-workout wet meal.
We did a solo ride in the snow. I was initially just going to do trot sets on the bridle path, but there are parts of it that are really deep and the shallower parts that were awesome yesterday had frozen over with a thin crust of ice, so we rode up to the back woods and did the loop several times. The snow was only 3" deep on the trail. We varied the route each time, even doing the loop backwards once (totally confusing; I kept losing track of where we were but Super Mare kept finding the trail!) and venturing out towards the bridge twice. The snow was powdery on top and crunchy on the bottom, not slippery at all. She had great traction in it and strode forward confidently. We focused on maintaining the trot throughout. If Lily wanted to walk, we walked, and each time she took the opportunity to stretch, but she was more than happy to just stay at a trot for most of the ride. I got a workout. I was wearing: Cuddl Duds fleece top, wool turtleneck, and REI fleece top (when I find a combination that works in the cold, I will wash and wear every day) with my safety vest over all of it. I'm so glad I left the hard shell jacket off...I actually broke a sweat. It was 32 degrees. Lily, who is 10 times fitter than I am, did not sweat at all. Not even under her saddle pad.
|What she was "pointing" at in the previous photo. Not sure what she was seeing. |
Maybe admiring the setting sun? I'm guessing she heard deer on the other side of the hill.
|We confirmed today that pretty much that entire back loop follows deer trails. The only footprints on the trail before ours were deers'.|
We ended up trotting for maybe 60% of the ride. Here's our stats:
|We did just under 5 miles in an hour.|
|2 of those 5 miles were 100% walked: the mile to get to the back woods, and the same mile coming back.|
There was some walking interspersed during the other 3 miles, but most of those 3 miles was trotting. I'm really happy with our pace.
|Love this one.|
|Through the neighbor's yard, the one that has the "Two Stupid Dogs" sign.|
|Lily says, "Look! There's the gate home!"|
Lily looked so pretty against the snow that I took way too many photos of her.
|She wore the Back on Track back pad under her gear again.|
|My hand was numb by this point. Haha...But she looked so pwetty!|
|Opened the gate, and she walked through on her own and just stood there waiting while I lugged the gate closed again and latched it shut. She then followed me back to the barn, doglike. Here's evidence. :)|
Lily's legs needed to receive their anti-fungal treatment again. There was some weird hose snafu going on in the wash stall. The water was running but when hooked up, it wouldn't come out of the hose...frozen ice inside the hose perhaps? Who knows; from the looks of it, it had been disconnected overnight, but given the insane temps (8 degrees last night), anything is possible. I filled a bucket with hot water and wet her legs down...and was unable to get any shampoo out.
The shampoo was frozen solid.
So we did this:
|Buckets of hot water can be very useful indeed.|
I threw in the anti-fungal ointment jar too.
|Yes, we have a washer and dryer for horse clothes in the wash stall! It's pretty awesome.|
The gloves came out of the dryer toasty warm and dry!
By the time we were done, the water on the wash stall floor had started to freeze. Jesus Christ. Temps for tonight were supposed to be in the 20's, so Lily got to wear only the midweight.
It's going to be an interesting next few days...