Thursday, January 14, 2010

Nothing Much, Just Boring Chores


The weather has been freezing and not much is getting done. This is a time of year when I just keep up on maintenance. I run out, feed, clean stalls, check water and run back in before my toes go numb.

After another of my water tubs succumbed to the freezing weather, I finally broke down and bought a heated tub. I didn't want to, they're disgustingly expensive, but my husband insisted. He pointed out that at the rate the non-heated tubs were breaking we would soon have spent more money replacing them than we would just buying a heated one. He's much more financially savvy than I am. Spider approves of the new tub, so I suppose I can't complain about the price too much. Nothing's too good for my Little Princess.

Today we had a small break in the cold, enough for the poo piles to unfreeze and be pickable. So, that was today's project. Hopefully tomorrow will bring more of the same, and I might even get a ride in. Not a moment too soon, either. I took the boys blankets off this morning and noticed that Spider is looking flabby. He builds muscle quickly and when he's in full training he has the physique of a refined Warmblood (which are mostly Thoroughbred, anyway), but he also loses muscle quickly. Right now he looks like something I might have picked up off the track. Of course, being as how I'm currently a bit flabby myself, I wouldn't really want him too fit. It's never good to have the horse more fit than the rider. In my experience, it always leads to trouble. Mostly trouble for me.

2 comments:

  1. Yes... my TB mare was super-fit and had an amazing recovery time. She went from completely lathered to dry and breathing normally in like 5 minutes after a cross country course on a hot day. (Thankfully, I was in amazing shape, too.)

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  2. Heated tubs are the only way to go this time of year. I have heaters in my big water tub and heated buckets for the stalls. I liked the look of the ones like the one you have pictured, but I need more water for three Boys.

    I did the poo picking thing too. Some was still frozen in though. I think it insulates itself from the sun. More to do tomorrow, if I am not too sore as it was my first day of real work after my surgery.

    Enjoy the sunshine...some showers on the way for the weekend, but I hope not much! Please!?

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