Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Welcome Back

We are happy to welcome Ben back to the barn, he will rejoin the herd at the end of the month.

We also welcome Sara and Billy (Billy-Bob aka Billy is the horse).

Wednesday, February 6th

While all of the precipitation missed us yesterday, there is some freezing mist falling now with more in the forecast overnight. Use caution as surfaces are likely to be slick.

The gelding herd was out yesterday and overnight, the mare herd will go out around noon today for the next 24 hours or so.

Plenty of hay for all to keep them warm in this winter weather.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Sunday, January 27th

The herds are on a 24 hour schedule; the gelding herd was out yesterday and overnight, the mare herd will be out today for 24 hours.

Please use caution walking as shady areas are icy.

Temperatures will be moderate today before dropping significantly until Thursday, please monitor your horse's blanketing needs.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Saturday, January 19th

The gelding herd will be out on the pasture for the next 48 hours while the temperatures are below freezing to give them some relief from the muddy footing.  When temperatures thaw next week, the mare herd will be out for an extended period of time for some relief.

Round bales have been placed in dryer areas today.

Winter Weather Tips

Mud, mud, mud...this winter is setting up to be a bad one with all of the moisture late last year and the freeze-thaw that we are currently experiencing.

Tails that drag in the mud form mud balls that can get tangled in legs and blankets and be dangerous. I suggest cutting your horse's tail at mid-cannon bone (about 4" below the hock) and/or braiding it. Tails do grow back, I promise.

If you are blanketing your horse, stay on top of weather conditions and temperatures, and monitor the condition of your blanket. We will refasten straps when we see that they are undone, but poor fitting blankets can be dangerous and ripped blankets will not keep your horse dry.  Never blanket a wet horse.

Often horses, especially those with white/sensitive skin on their lower legs will develop irritated and scabby skin when wet, muddy conditions persist. When you have a good opportunity, wash and/or groom your horses fetlock area to relieve the skin and check for any issues like scabs or excessive heat. If a problem develops, you may need to keep your horse in a stall to heal.

If you need help managing your horse's blanket or would like to request a stall for the night, please give us plenty of time to take care of it before we finish our work day.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Wednesday, January 9th

I'm happy to report that the footing is beginning to dry out thanks to a few warmer days.
Pasture herds are currently out on the pasture every other day, geldings in the mornings and mares in the afternoon.

See below for the annual Wilhite and Frees Education Event:

Monday, December 31, 2018

Monday, December 31st

Stall horses will be staying in on this cold, rainy day.
Pasture herds will be in their barn lots with plenty of hay.

Stay warm and dry and happy 2019!