River ate a whole candy cane without spitting out a single piece and suggesting that I'm trying to kill him by withholding his favorite individually wrapped peppermints! I didn't think it would happen! The red stripes were darker than most candy canes, so maybe that tastes better? Who knows.
River spilled a bit of grain on the ground and worked hard to make sure he got every last bit.
Yes, it's as crusty as it looks. Come spring, we're going to need a jackhammer to get all the ground in, caked on mud and manure off.
Since we suddenly have snow and cold weather (current temp: 6 degrees), I did some blanket rearranging. Irish usually wears a 100gram blanket... not a whole lot of insulation, but enough for most days and not too much when it gets above freezing. I have a heavyweight turnout in her size, so the 100g came off and the heavyweight went on. Riv's blanket is a mediumweight, so the 100g went on underneath. It's a bit too small for him, but it'll do for a couple days until things warm up a bit.
Oddly enough, it doesn't really seem that cold. I'm coldest between about 25 and 35 degrees. Once the temps drop below 20, I'm great and perfectly comfortable. I have absolutely no idea why and it makes no sense to me. But whatever. I'm thinking tomorrow I might attempt to longe River again. I'd feel kind of bad stripping off his clothes so I can ride, but he can walk on the longe wearing blankets. If I get reallllllly ambitious, I can dig through my car and hopefully find a surcingle and second longe line and we can try some long lining.
Or maybe I'll just feed them some candy canes and call it good. We'll see.
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