Suki's mystery wound looked fine but after cleaning it and applying ointment I once again wrapped her hind legs for the night. The barn was cozy and peaceful with the sound of horses contentedly munching on hay. The heavy rain continued through the night so arena condition tomorrow is questionable.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Another cold and gray start to the day, but i think that I am getting used to it. I dress warmly in layers and hope for the best. The sharp air slaps my cheeks as I fill the bird feeders, while my regular squirrel visitors watch me from not too far away, waiting for their first opportunity to snag some yummy nuts from the ground.
Driving to the barn a flock of geese flies overhead in formation, honking loudly as they pass. Everything about the morning offers the feeling of impending wintery weather, but I am looking forward to my ride nonetheless. Coming down the drive to the barn I can see some puddles in the arena, but upon further inspection it is not so bad. Nikki worked well, lifting her knees and hocks when we passed through the occasional puddle.
Suki was impatient to get out of her stall as usual, and the scrape looked fine when I removed the wraps. One thing about these winter blankets....they hold the moisturizer nicely underneath so I decided not to add more. Just the exposed areas were moisturized today. A thick layer of ointment on the scrape, and I was confident that it would be fine for turnout. Cloudy, windy and cold I added a layer to both horses.
Tonight temperatures will dip far below freezing, so without much sun today I expect a frozen tundra for an arena tomorrow morning. Sunday afternoon and evening going into Monday Snow, sleet and freezing rain is expected, so Nikki really needs to work tomorrow. If the footing is too hard early it may be okay later in the morning before the bad weather starts. Suki will probably not work in the arena. I can probably take her out back to do some in hand work. Might be a good piaffe day!