Beforehand, Heather had indicated that Rio’s back was bothering him. I ran my hand along his topline and he did grow anxious. Then we went for a mile walk. Both horses were very cooperative and fun to be with. We returned to where Heather boards her horse and I again checked out Rio’s back, as I’d done an hour earlier.
Rio was more at ease the second time around. The wheels in my head then started turning. I turned to Heather and then said that on cold days like this one, it takes me some time before I warm up. I then suggested that she put a hot water bottle on his back prior to exercising him.
I then began thinking about our own horses. They too would benefit from warmth being applied to their backs. And, so might the chickens and the goats. And, so might I. So I am going to start amassing hot water bottles and using them for animal and self-warm-ups. I think this is actually one of the best ideas that I’ve had in a long time. I don’t think that I’ll find any at the thrift store right now, so I’ll buy a few.
Pete and I took Tinni and Hrimmi for a walk when we got home. Both were glad to be out and about. It did my heart good to see them so energized on such a cold day. I took Tinni’s blanket off beforehand and I will put it back on him tonight. I will have it warming by the woodstove.
We will continue to adapt if it gets colder. Of course I hope not.
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