I'm trying to get a handle on the upcoming weather. I didn't hear about the upcoming rain/snow until this morning. I'm going to be scrambling to figure out what to do with some of the herd.
Last Wednesday we put in round bales and I moved Junior back in with the mares (because he'd get pushed out of any hay) and Ivan back in with the big herd. Everyone seems content (except Junior but I'm not sure he'd be content no matter which herd he's in).
We aren't supposed to get rain until early tomorrow morning but I'm not sure what to do. The temps will be right at freezing. So I'm not sure if I should blanket some of the hard keepers to keep them dry and risk them getting a little too warm or let them get wet. The temps wont' be too terribly bad but if they get wet and then chilled from the wind, which will be blowing until tomorrow night, I'm just not sure what to do.
Don't get me wrong. I'm excited for the rain/snow. We are starting to get really dry and I'm starting to worry about the pasture. (I'm hearing talk of people hanging on to their hay because they are worried about this year's crop.) The wind chill will be lower each day and by Wednesday we are supposed to be pretty windy.
I guess I'd rather be a little bit cautious on some of the harder keepers and "delicate flowers", so we'll see what actually happens. I wish I had a slew of light weight blankets or rain sheets for this type of weather. I sort of wish everyone had two blankets (one heavy weight for those polar vortexes and a light weight one to keep the chill of on certain nights) and a rain sheet for these weird weather days where it's difficult to know what to do.
I'm sure I'm over reacting but I want to make sure no one gets chilled. We technically may be in to spring but in these parts, we can still get blizzards and snow storms. We can still have snow even the first few days into May!
So I may be pulling out blankets and putting them on a few of the Sanctuary horses (specifically Junior and Rabbit because their pen gets the brunt of any east wind) and possibly Rain because he can't handle any cold weather.
Last night when I went out to do chores, everyone was grumpy even with the hay still in the feeders. The wind was out of the east, so no one was happy about the piercing wind. I threw out some alfalfa to help brighten their moods. I'd spent the entire day the South Dakota Horse Expo. I'd hoped to be involved in the planning for it this year but somehow I wasn't aggressive enough to get my foot in the door. Seems that's the case for a lot of things for me and the Sanctuary as of late. I figure I only have about two or three months where I have a brain and then baby brain will set back in and I'll be a walking blob. I'm trying to get ideas flowing but it's difficult. So if you have any fundraiser ideas or ways to improve the Sanctuary, please let me know. I can use all the help I can get. I might not be able to jump on them right away (remember baby brain). But maybe together we can tackle them? Are you game to help?